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Captains Report: Larry Day ejected early, while Ben Krauth continued to dominate

A lack of runs ruined another great outing for Ben Krauth, and Larry Day showed the frustrations of the team with his first career ejection in the fourth inning. IBI's Tyler Stotsky analyzes this and more in the latest Captains Report.

Lake County Captains - 0, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers - 6

The Lake County Captains (13-20) could not muster much offense to contend with the early runs that were put up by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (15-16) as the Captains dropped their second straight game with a 6-0 defeat at Classic Park on Thursday (May 11) night. The Captains had eight hits but could not string together hits to score some runs. 

Captains' manager Larry Day spoke about the day as a whole for the Captains, “As it seemed like a bad night from a game standard but a good day from a development standpoint. The outfielders threw the ball really well, the hitters had a good session as they hit off of a pitching machine and the baserunning and defensive practice was good for them.”

Krauth continues to shine

Reliever Ben Krauth continued his great 2017 campaign with a shutout outing on Thursday. Krauth pitched two and two thirds scoreless innings. Krauth worked around two walks in the fifth inning with two strikeouts. He stranded a runner at second base that walked in the sixth inning. After a leadoff single in the seventh, Krauth ended his night with a double play.

Krauth finished with one hit allowed, three walks and three strikeouts. In 20 innings spanning eight appearances, Krauth had allowed just one earned run (three runs total). He lowered his ERA from 0.52 to 0.45 as he has thrown six consecutive scoreless innings. 

Krauth pitch counts: 5th: 21, 6th: 19: 7th: 6 (46 pitches, 23 strikes)

Day gets ejected

Captains’ manager Larry Day was ejected in the fourth inning on a controversial homerun call. In the fourth inning, Joantgel Segovia hit a three-run homerun to left field down the line. The ball appeared to land on the left side of the foul pole but the home plate umpire Robert Nunez ruled it a homerun. Day emerged from the dugout and shared his displeasure with Nunez. Nunez granted Day an early exit from the game with his first career ejection. 

Roster Moves

OF Gabriel Mejia was placed on the 7-Day DL with a hand injury…OF Mitch Longo, a 14th round pick in last year’s draft, was activated from the Disabled List and added to the roster. Longo missed time in Spring Training with a hamate bone injury. 

Longo spoke with the media following the game about coming to Lake County, “I was eager to get home and see my family. I’m comfortable coming here to Lake County, I’m a big family guy so I can see my family and my dog. My sister just had a baby last week so it will be nice to see them as well. I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow night.”

He also spoke about the injury that he sustained, “I broke the right hamate bone on the first day of batting practice in Spring Training. Surgery was seven weeks ago so it was a tough road to get back to where I am today. 

He will play right field for the Captains on Friday night, just minutes from his childhood home of Mayfield Heights, Ohio. 

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