The Lake County Captains have been struggling mightily as of late. This past week, the team has only collected one win while being shut out three times. They have fallen below the .500 mark and currently sit at a three game losing streak. Runs have been hard to get for the Captains as they have gotten more than one run only twice in six games. Starting pitcher Micah Miniard led the Captains to their only victory over the past week. The offense was led by the speedy left fielder Todd Isaacs. He gave some spark to the Captains offense as of late.
Here’s what happened this week with the Captains.
Week In Review
- 4/25- Lake County 0, Great Lakes 9: Bieber (L, 2-2), Smeltzer (W, 1-0), Urena (S 1)
- 4/26- Lake County 0, Great Lakes 7: Hillman (L, 1-3), Soto (W, 1-0)
- 4/27- Lake County 10, West Michigan 5: Miniard (W, 1-0), Gutierrez (L, 2-1)
- 4/28- Lake County 3, West Michigan 7: Civale (L, 1-2), Castro (W, 1-1)
- 4/29- Lake County 0, West Michigan 1: Aiken (L, 0-4), Sodders (W, 2-0), Garcia (S 5)
- 4/30- Lake County 1, West Michigan 5: Bieber (L, 2-3), Soto ( W, 2-0)
Player of week
Todd Isaacs, LF
Last Week: 5 G, 17 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 8 K, .294 BA
Season to Date: 20 G, 74 AB, 9 R, 18 H, 4 HR, 3 2B, 13 RBI, 124 K, .243 BA
It was a very frustrating and tough week for the whole Captains team. There may be very little to take away from the poor play recently. One guy that stands out is Todd Isaacs. The speedster from Palm Beach State Florida was the player that put up some decent numbers for the team. Here is a guy that only registered six hits in the team’s first seven games to start the season. It looks like he may have found his grove now that the first month of the season is over.
Every time he steps to the plate, you can see the confidence he has on his face. This past week, Isaacs hit two home runs and drove in five RBIs as well. Those home runs came on back-to-back nights against West Michigan. Isaacs has struggled to keep that batting average up all year, but he has made some strides of consistency as of late. He’ll look to try to maintain his steady and sharp hitting as the team starts their six game road trip coming up.
Li-Jen Chu, C
Last Week: 6 G, 20 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, .300 BA
Season to Date: 21 G, 71 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 3 HR, 3 2B, 15 BB, 17 K, .324 BA
Chu seemed to be one of the few bright spots for this team recently. He’s been making some solid contact on the ball, as he led the team in batting averages during their past six games played. Maintaining the hits and getting on base will be needed from him for success moving forward.
Micah Miniard, SP
Last week: 1 GS, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 5 R/ER, 3.13 ERA, 9 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.48 WHIP
Season To Date: 5 GS, 1-0, 23.0 IP, 10 R, 10 ER, 25 H, 9 BB, 10 K, 1.31 WHIP
Miniard earned his first win of the year in six innings of work. Giving up nine hits in six innings is a bit high, but he did finish up with the win. In each of his first five starts, he has pitched more and more. That’s a promising sign coming from the Danville Kentucky native. Maybe this can be momentum for him and the team heading into their upcoming road trip.
Alexis Pantoja, SS
Last Week: 4 G, 13 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 2B, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, .077 BA
Season to Date: 18 G, 59 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 0 HR, 2 2B, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 16 K, .119 BA
It’s been a rough time for Pantoja to start the season. His struggles continued into this past week’s action as he only accommodated for one hit in 13 plate appearances. It’s still very early in the 2017 season, so he has plenty of time to wake up at the plate.
Shane Bieber, SP
Last Week: 2 GS, 0-2, 12.1 IP, 6 R/ER, 3.39 ERA, 15 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 1.22 WHIP
Season to Date: 5 GS, 2-3, 29.0 IP, 14 R/ 10 ER, 3.10 ERA, 34 H, 1 BB, 31 K, 1.21 WHIP
Shane Bieber had a pretty solid first three starts to the season. He has cooled down since, including losing his two most recent games this past week. Hits have been his biggest problem as he gave up 15 in his past two starts, and now 34 in five games. Bieber is not in bad shape moving forward, the 21-year old just needs to limit his opponents hitting moving forward.
4/28: CF Trenton Brooks assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats
4/28: Juan De La Cruz assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains
4/29: LF Jose Medina placed on the 7-day disabled list
4/30: 1B Jose Vicente assigned to Lake County Captains from AZL Indians
The Captains begin their six game round trip coming up. First, they play a three game series against the Cedar Rapids. Then they play a three game series against Quad Cities. Losing six out of their last seven road games, the Captains are in need of some road wins heading back to Eastlake. The team has dipped down into a losing record as well. These next two series are critical to getting the team headed into the right direction to start off the month of May.