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.