FORT WAYNE TINCAPS – 5, LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS – 4
The Captains hit three solo home runs but it wasn’t enough as they fell 5-4 to the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Tuesday. Captains starter Luis Jimenez pitched well in the loss but received no help from his defense as Lake County committed five errors. Due to the Captains’ bevy of errors, two of Jimenez’s three runs given up were unearned. The Captains only left four runners on base compared to six for Fort Wayne.
Lake County has played better as of late as they won three out of four games over Bowling Green this past weekend.
Luis Jimenez Pitches Well
Captains starting pitcher Luis Jimenez pitched well in the Captains loss. In just his third start in Lake County this season, he went six innings while only giving up one earned run and no walks while striking out 11 batters. Jimenez lowered his ERA from 8.00 to 5.40. This was the first time this season that Jimenez lasted more than four innings.
“He threw well and gave us a great chance to win,” Captains manager Larry Day said. “That was as good as he’s thrown all year. He pitched inside well with his fastball which opened up the outside part of the plate.”
Jimenez was signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent in 2013. He has had a subpar career so far as he owns a career 11-22 mark with a 4.40 ERA in 56 appearances (40 starts). He struggled in his first two starts in Lake County but Tuesday night’s performance could be a turning point for the right hander.
Final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 93 pitches (62 strikes).
Kevin Bradley Having Early Success
Second baseman Kevin Bradley continues to impress since being assigned to Lake County. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a single against Fort Wayne on Tuesday night.
“He had a good game and hit the ball hard,” Day said. “He hit the ball hard off the right field wall and he hit the ball hard on that base hit to center field. I’m just getting to know him as a person and as a player but I like his swing. He has a fundamentally sound swing and he seems to execute a pretty solid approach to give him a chance to hit.”
Bradley was assigned to Lake County on June 6th from extended spring training and has played well. In five games for the Captains he has hit .417 with no home runs, one RBI, three walks and three strikeouts in 12 at bats. He also has a stellar on base percentage of .500 as well as a 1.083 OPS and a .583 slugging percentage.
Bradley was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 36th round of the 2012 draft. The Indians signed Bradley to a minor-league contract in 2015 when he was a free agent. He has come a long way since extended spring training where he only produced a .067 batting average in 17 plate appearances. He also had seven strikeouts, two walks and an RBI. Due to his recent success in Lake County, Bradley has raised his career batting average to .167.