(Dayton, OH) - After going without a hit through the first five innings on Tuesday, the Lake County Captains (24-20, 64-49) battled back to take the lead in the sixth and later got a clutch hit in the ninth inning from Billy Wilson to beat the Dayton Dragons (20-24, 48-66). Wilson's knock lifted Lake County to a 5-4 win to split the four-game series at Fifth Third Field.
Dragons starter Eduardo Salazar carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The right-hander had allowed just one baserunner on a third-inning walk to Quentin Holmes , but erased the runner on a double play and had faced the minimum. Dayton's offense, meanwhile, produced three runs in the first on a two-run triple by Jay Schuyler and a throwing error by Lake County starter Zach Draper that scored Schuyler.
The Captains were trailing, 3-0, going into the sixth, and still did not have a hit when they rallied. Salazar hit Miguel Jerez in the helmet with a pitch, but the first baseman took first base and remained in the game. Wilson then broke up the no-hitter, pulling a double into the right field corner to put men on second and third. Ike Freeman put the Captains on the board with a sacrifice fly to center that plated Jerez. Two batters later, Salazar issued a two-out walk to Clark Scolamiero and Jose Fermin followed with an RBI single to score Wilson. Bo Naylor came up next and slammed a frozen rope into the right-centerfield gap. Both Scolamiero and Fermin scored to give the Captains a 4-3 lead and Naylor hustled to third with a triple.
The Dragons tied the game in the bottom of the sixth against Captains reliever Luis Araujo . With one out and the bases empty, Morgan Lofstrom doubled to centerfield. Miguel Hernandez followed with a single to left that brought Loftstrom home with the tying run.
The game remained tied at 4-4 until the ninth when the Captains rallied against Andrew McDonald. The right-hander walked Naylor to start the frame, but got a double play off the bat of Jonathan Engelmann to clear the bases. McDonald, however, issued a two-out walk to Daniel Schneemann and Miguel Jerez followed with a single. Wilson came up next and worked the count full before pulling a line drive into right field. Schneemann scored on the single to put the Captains ahead, 5-4.
Tim Herrin set the side down in order in the ninth to end the game and earn the win. Herrin (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings and held Dayton to one hit with two strikeouts and one walk.
McDonald (0-2) took the loss for the Dragons. The right-hander worked two innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked two.
The Captains split their four-game series with the Dragons and will head begin a three-game series at the Great Lakes Loons on Wednesday night. First pitch at Dow Diamond is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Individual game tickets for all Captains games are on sale at the Classic Park box office, online at captainsbaseball.com and by phone at 440-954-WINS (9467). Mini ticket plans for the 2019 season are still available for great prices complete with several exclusive benefits. Information can be found at the Captains website www.captainsbaseball.com.
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