West Michigan Whitecaps (20-20) 9, Lake County Captains (22-19) 2

It was a late version of High-A Central baseball at Classic Park on Saturday (June 19) night (and Sunday morning) at Classic Park. The game was delayed for two hours and 33 minutes because of field conditions after a pre-game downpour. Once the game started, it was all West Michigan in the shortened seven-inning contest. Per the new Player Development Licenses, any game that starts after 9:00 is considered a seven-inning game.

West Michigan scored two runs in the first, three in the third and four in the fourth to snap the four-game winning streak for the Captains and avoid the potential sweep with a 9-2 win.

Mock struggles in outing

Right-hander Eric Mock made his second start with the Captains and ninth appearance of the season between Lynchburg, Akron and Lake County. Mock’s time in Lake County has been hampered by two bad outings since entering the rotation last week.

Following his last outing with seven runs allowed in 2.2 innings, Mock was drilled for seven runs on six hits in three and one third innings with three walks and one strikeout.

The Whitecaps came out swinging with two runs in the first inning after Mock struggled with command. Mock hit the leadoff batter and walked the third batter of the game. Parker Meadows, younger brother of Austin Meadows, lined a RBI double and Eliezer Alfonzo added a run on a sacrifice fly.

Mock started the third inning with two singles and a walk. A double play erased a potential bases loaded situation but Rey Rivera capped the third inning with a three-run home run to right field as West Michigan led 5-0.

The Whitecaps used four runs in the fourth inning between Mock and lefty Tim Herrin. Mock gave up a walk before a RBI double to Bryant Packard as he departed the game. Herrin allowed a RBI double to Trei Cruz, closing the book on Mock.

In two starts with the Captains, Mock has surrendered 14 runs on 11 hits and five walks in just six innings (a 21.00 ERA).

Pitch counts by inning: 20 (12), 10 (6), 23 (13), 14 (8)… 67 pitches (39 strikes)

2nd inning pitch speeds: 88p, 89p, 82b, 81s, 80s, 90b, 89p, 89b, 81b, 89p

Final line: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Light offensive night for the Captains

Lake County was limited to two runs on four hits on the night Saturday by two Whitecaps pitchers. Starter Beau Brieske fanned seven Captains hitters in 5.2 innings with four hits and two runs allowed. Jared Tobey pitched a perfect seventh inning.

Daniel Schneemann delivered a solo home run to right field in the third inning, a 393 foot blast to the batting cage building for his second homer of the year. Raynel Delgado singled in the fifth inning before Lake County grabbed two singles in the sixth inning. Joe Donovan led off the frame with a single before Bryan Lavastida plated him with a RBI single.

Notes

Donovan’s single in the sixth inning snapped a personal one-for-21 stretch in ten games with the Captains… Herrin allowed two unearned runs in 1.2 innings of work on three hits… Jared Janczak tossed two scoreless innings of relief work with one walk and two strikeouts… RHP Mason Hickman (2-2, 5.01 ERA) will start on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at 1:30 PM…

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