(Lansing, MI) - Eric Haase had four hits and three RBI's as the Captains beat the Lugnuts by a final of 9-3 on Monday Night. Haase homered, had two singles and doubled in the ballgame. The Captains as a team had 17 hits on the night.
Lansing opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and a runner on second base Kevin Patterson lifted a fly ball to deep right field and Jorge Martinez dropped the ball and the Lugnuts led 1-0. The next hitter, Jordan Leyland, hit a deep fly ball to center field and the ball was dropped by LeVon Washington. Leyland ended up at third base and Lasning led 2-0. Santiago Nessy then singled home Leyland and the score was 3-0 after one inning.
Lake County got on the board in the fourth inning when Haase unloaded with his 14th home run of the season and the Captains trailed 3-1. In the fifth, Lake County scored three runs to take the lead. Leo Castillo hit a line drive homerun to right field and the score was 3-2. LeVon Washington then doubled and later scored on a Haase double and the game was tied at 3-3. Joe Sever then singled home Haase and the Captains had the lead 4-3.
In the sixth the Captains scored three more runs. Lake County used five hits in the inning, including a triple from Jorge Martinez and the score at the end of six innings was 7-3. In the ninth Lake County scored a pair of runs highlighted by a Zack MacPhee RBI double and a Cody Ferrell RBI single. Lake County took a 9-3 to the bottom of the ninth inning. That was the final.
RHP Luis Dejesus (6-11) started the game for Lake County and got the win. Dejesus pitched five innings and allowed three unearned runs on three hits he walked two and fanned four. Anderson Polanco pitched three innings and allowed one hit and five strikeouts. Kyle Blair finished off the ballgame with a scoreless ninth inning.
RHP Ben White (8-7) took the ball for Lansing and took the loss. White pitched five and one third innings, and allowed 13 hits, seven earned runs, a pair of strikeouts and a pair of homers. The Lugnuts bullpen pitched three and two thirds innings of relief and allowed four hits two runs, two walks and one strikeout.
The Captains will remain in Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday to take on the Lansing Lugnuts in the finale of a four game series. The Captains have not announced a starting pitcher to start the ballgame and the Lugnuts will throw with LHP Daniel Norris (0-1, 3.98). First Pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM from Cooley Law School Stadium.
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