Whitecap Pounce on Captains early, Winning 5-1

Story Written by Tim Whelan:

EASTLAKE, OHIO — A beautiful, sunny day in Northeast Ohio where the Lake County Captains took on the West Michigan Whitecaps.

The Whitecaps started out of the gate red hot. Getting off to a quick 4-0 start. Jacob Robson, Right fielder, led off the Whitecaps start with an RBI double. The first inning ended with an RBI double from third basemen Anthon Pereira.

In the top of the 4th, Whitecaps manager Mike Rabelo was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Austin Athmann. The Lake County Captains got on the board with a 1 run inning the bottom of the 4th. With Conner Capel scoring on a wild pitch. Cutting into the lead with the Captains being down 4-1.

The Whitecaps continued to extend their lead by scoring on a bobbled play by Captains first basemen Emannuel Tapia. The Whitecaps extended to lead 5-1.

Whitecaps starting pitcher Greg Soto was impressive. Changing the batters eye level, moving in and out of strike zone, forcing groundouts, double plays. Greg Soto ended his day with 4 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts on 90 pitches in 5 innings. All unearned.

Captains pitcher Shane Bieber struggled out of the gate. Giving up for 4 runs in the first inning. Bieber settled in nicely to end his day. Giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks on 73 pitches in 7 innings.

The Captains lose the game 5-1 to the Whitecaps. Whitecaps take the series. Taking 3 out of 4 games winning 3 in a row against the captains.

The Lake County captains will head to Iowa to take on the Cedar Rapid Kernels to start a 6 game road trip. Game time will be at 7:35 PM ET. Captains Live will begin at 6:30 PM ET on Allsportscleveland.net.





Browns Draft Recap: 2017 NFL Draft

Story written by Tim Whelan:

BRUNSWICK, OHIO — 2017 NFL Draft has finally ended. Another year of new, fresh blood in Berea. The Cleveland Browns now look forward to OTA’s and training camp. Here are the Draft results for your 2017 Cleveland Browns Draft class:


Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE, No. 1 overall

Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Hybrid Safety/LB, No. 25 overall

David Njoku, Miami, TE, No. 29 overall


DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame, QB, No. 52 overall


Larry Ogunjobi, North Caroline Central, DT, No. 65 overall


Howard Wilson, Houston, CB, No. 126 overall


Roderick Johnson, Florida State, OT, No. 160 overall


Caleb Brantley, Florida, DT, No. 185 overall


Zane Gonzales, Arizona State, Kicker, No. 224 overall

Matthew Dayes, N.C. State, RB, No. 252 overall

The Browns finish the day with 10 draft picks. After starting the draft with 11. Trading up and down, picking their spots, finding value. That seemed to be Browns main focus. Be aggressive when needed, and sticking to their board throughout the draft.


Reports describe the Browns as “split” on who to take with the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Browns made the correct, decisive decision to take Myles Garrett. The stud, athlete, clear choice for the No. 1 pick.


Going into this draft the Browns were linked to several quarterbacks. The list starting with Mentor Native Mitchell Trubisky. Followed by Patrick Mahomes, DeShaun Watson, who was in consideration to be the No. 1 draft choice at point in the offseason. Also linked to players like David Webb, Joshua Dobbs, DeShone Kizer, the Toledo Native. The Browns made their choice. Instead of reaching for a quarterback. The Browns let QB come to them in second round. Deciding to pick Deshone Kizer with 52nd overall pick.

The Browns were very high on Mahomes, if KC did not move up in the draft, the Browns have taken him with the 12th overall draft pick.


Interesting enough, it’s now a full-blown quarterback competition in Berea. With Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, DeShone Kizer, all competing for the starting quarterback job.


Maybe the most surprising, yet controversial pick was the selection of DT Caleb Brantley. Who is currently under investigation for domestic violence. Sashi Brown has made it clear. They will continue to investigate and “are prepared” to cut Brantley if more evidence show up from the case.


The Browns overall had a very good draft class. One that can change the culture in this organization for a very long time. The Browns may have also found their answer at quarterback with the draft selection of DeShone Kizer.

The Browns missed out on some players in this draft. More specifically at safety, wide receiver, linebacker. Trading down from the No. 12 overall draft cost the Browns an opportunity to draft the likes of Malik Hooker, O.J. Howard, and several other players that were available at that time.

Captains, Hot Rods supsended due to Rain

Story written by — David Costello

EASTLAKE, OHIO — On a wet, stormy day in Northeast Ohio. The Lake County Captains and the Bowling Green Hot Rods has been suspended due to rain. The Hot Rods were leading 2-0 in the top of the 5th.

How did we get here? The Hot Rods got off to a quick 2-0 start by way of 3 doubles in a row that tallied 2 runs. Brady Aiken, the starting pitcher for the Lake County Captains, struggled to get through the first 2 innings. But, manage to right the ship, and got himself through 4 2/3 innings pitched.

As for Bowling Green, pitcher J.D. Busfield had a perfect game through 4 innings pitched. He was steller. But now may loose his chance at history because of the beautiful Northeast Ohio weather.

This game will pick up June 11th, at 1:30 pm. Followed by the next game 30 minutes after game 1 finishes.


Captains Blank Hot Rods for Second Consecutive Night, Win Fourth in a Row

By: Justin McHenry

EASTLAKE, Ohio- The Lake County Captains (7-5) shut out the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays, 6-6) for the second straight game in their 8-0 win Tuesday night in front of a paid attendance of 1,191 at Classic Park. The scoreless streak actually extends back to their last series for a total of 23 1/3 innings and includes seven consecutive pitchers. Aaron Civale (1-0, 1.65) got the win, going six scoreless innings while striking out five.

The second inning started it all off for Lake County when Emmanuel Tapia went opposite field for a 2-run home run. Shortly after, Gabriel Mejia sacrificed in Logan Ice making it 3-0. In the top of the third, Bowling Green put together a minor threat but eventually stranded two runners on base. The Captains capitalized again in the bottom of the third when after a bunt single by Todd Isaacs, Li-Jen Chu grounded into what should have been a double play. Luckily for the Captains, the throw to second was not in time and a throwing error by Bowling Green pitcher Kenny Rosenberg left Chu on first and Isaacs on third. Isaacs then scored on a single by Tapia for his third R.B.I. of the game, making the score 4-0 for the home team.

In the bottom of the fifth, Captains third baseman Jorma Rodriguez stole third base and then scored on a wild pitch. The Captains were able to then load the bases with only one out, which was enough for Hot Rods manager Reinaldo Ruiz to pull their starter Rosenberg. New pitcher Ethan Clark wasted no time in walking the first batter he faced, Luke Wakamatsu, forcing in a run to bring the score to 6-0.

More sloppy play, which has been a recurring theme for the Hot Rods during this series, led to the Captains scoring their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth. An E7 let right fielder Conner Capel get to second base, then a wild pitch sent him to third immediately after. Then Rodriguez blasted a ground-rule double over the wall in right-center to make the score 7-0 Lake County. Bowling Green had yet another wild pitch, which scored Rodriguez giving the Captains their eighth and final run.

Captains Blank Bowling Green Hot Rods for 1-0 Win

EASTLAKE, Ohio- Even with the Cavs taking on The Pacers at home in their opening playoff series and the Captains’ big league affiliate Indians playing The Twins at 8:05, 1,141 baseball fans made their way to Classic Park tonight on a beautiful spring night game for Buck Night Monday.
With both teams unable to produce early, the Captains were finally able to manufacture a single run in the bottom of the 6th inning. With three K’s by the starting pitcher Micah Miniard (0-0, 0.75 ERA), and five more by left handed reliever Ben Krauth (3-0, 0.00 ERA), the Captains held on for their sixth win of this young season and a win at home, which up to this point has been hard to come by.
The Hot Rods didn’t waste any time getting active on the bases with Lucius Fox (not Morgan Freeman from the Dark Knight Trilogy to my disappointment) attempting to steal second in the top of the first. Fox was thrown out by Logan Ice, who did an impressive job in holding opposing base runners in check. Ice also had a beautiful pump fake to second which led to a throw out at third, catching the Hot Rod base runner who got just a little too greedy in the top of the second inning.
In the bottom of the 4th, Captains center fielder Conner Capel got to third after a bad throw by Hot Rod catcher Jonah Heim. Eventually the home team managed to get runners on the corners, but right fielder Jose Medina flied out to end the inning to leave the Captains with nothing to show for their efforts.
In the top of the 5th, Lucius Fox was finally successful in swiping his second bag of the year, leaving him 1 for 2 on the night up to that point. Feeling the pressure, the Captains brought in left-handed reliever Ben Krauth. Krauth got two quick outs and put an end to the Hot Rods’ momentum.
Things did not start out the right way in the bottom of the 6th for Lake County, as third baseman Jorma Rodriguez was thrown out trying to steal second base. A series of throwing gaffes by the Hot Rods allowed Li-Jen Chu to go from first to third, where he was able to score easily on hero-of-the-night Logan Ice’s single.
In the top of the 7th, Lucius Fox got his second stolen base of the night for Bowling Green. Fortunately for the Captains, that would be the final high point for the Hot Rods and the home team was able to cruise to their second home win of this young season.
Game two of the series will be tomorrow night at Classic Park at 6:30 p.m. and will see left-handed Kenny Rosenberg (0-1, 6.75 ERA) take the mound for Bowling Green, while right-handed Aaron Civale (0-0, 2.61 ERA) is on the hill for the good guys.

Captains fall to Loons 6-2 Monday Night


By Germaine Worthy

The lake county Captains hosted the Great Lake Loons on a beautiful Monday night game. Although the Captains lose 6-2 it started off with a bazaar scenario; lead-off hitter Zach Mckinstry struck-out, argued the call and got thrown out immediately. The captains put up 10 hits, but could capitalize leaving running in scoring position. Oneil Cruz came in for McKinstry at third base and made a wicked diving catch. The Captains starting pitcher Juan Hillmann struggled today going 4 and 2/3 innings and giving up 5 earned runs. A.J. Alexy was the starting pitcher for the Loons and he had a great game going 4 innings and giving up no runs or hits.

The Loons hoped on the Captains early with B. Davis home run in the first inning. Rincon hit a 2 run homerun in the top of the third as well. For the Captains L. Wakamatsu and C. Capel each drove in a run , but it was after most of the damage was done.

This win gives the Loons the first of the season (1-4) and the Captains fall to 2-3. The next game is Tuesday April 11th, first pitch is at 6:30 at Classic Stadium.