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Captains Report: Bullpen shutout, middle innings rally not enough for Lake County

Even with a shutout effort from three bullpen pitchers, and a middle innings rally, the Captains once again fell at home, this time to Wisconsin, 5-4. IBI's Tyler Stotsky takes a deeper look at the game in this Captains Report...

Lake County Captians - 4, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers - 5

The Lake County Captains (13-22) made a rally in the middle innings, but the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (17-16) held on to a 5-4 win at Classic Park on Saturday (May 13) night. Wisconsin jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first four innings. Lake County cut the lead to 5-4 with three runs in the fifth.

Bullpen shutout

After Micah Miniard struggled through the first four innings, the Captains’ bullpen rallied to pick up the staff with the team in a 5-1 hole. Relievers Alsis Herrera, Michael Letkewicz and Henry Martinez combined to throw five and one third innings of no-hit ball. The only blemish the bullpen allowed was a walk in the fourth and a runner reached on a strikeout in the 8th. The bullpen retired 16 of the 18 batters, including 11 in a row at one point.

“For the bullpen to hold the game where it was, it definitely maintained our team belief throughout the game,” said Captains manager Larry Day. “We were in the game and all of us, including players and staff, thought we were going to win the game until the last out was made. If the bullpen doesn’t hold the game where it was, an entirely different dynamic could have been created.”

Herrera: 2.1 innings, one walk, 2 strikeouts

Letkewicz: 2 innings, 4 strikeouts

Martinez: 1 inning, 2 strikeouts

Offense rallies for Lake County

Catcher Li-Jen Chu led the Captains offense as Lake County put 12 hits on the scoreboard. Chu had three hits in the game as he reached on two singles and a double. He singled in the first and third innings. In the fifth inning, Chu doubled home a pair of runs with a two-run double to left center field. In the Wisconsin series, Chu had a total of seven hits.

Four other players had multi-hit games on the night. Trenton Brooks had two singles and a walk. Jorma Rodriguez had two singles along with Mitch Longo, who got his first hits of the 2017 season. Todd Isaacs had a triple and a single in the game as well. Isaacs scored on Conner Capel’s sacrifice fly in the 5th.

Day spoke about the offense after the game. “They battled tonight, they didn’t just quit when we went down early. They came back with aggressive at-bats, which is something that we have talked about a lot lately. Playing aggressive in general, but tonight, we came up short.”

Home struggles

The Captains have struggled while playing in the confines of Classic Park. Lake County dropped to 5-12 at Classic Park this season and 1-5 this month. They have an 8-10 record on the road.

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