Captains Defeat Chiefs 7-6 in 11 InningsApril 26, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Lake County Captains
Peoria took the lead in the top of the third inning when Pin-Chieh Chen doubled and then trotted home on the two run homerun by Wes Darvill. The homer opened the scoring and put the Chiefs on top 2-0.
The Captains answered in their half of the third. Zach MacPhee walked to begin the inning, and went to third on a Todd Hankins double. Francisco Lindor's single scored MacPhee. Hankins came home on a single by Jordan Smith. The game was tied 2-2 through two innings.
In the fourth inning, Peoria took the lead. A bunt single and a triple by Eduardo Gonzalez gave the Chiefs the 3-2 lead. Lake County re-took the lead in the bottom half when they scored three runs. The big hit came when the score was tied at three Alex Monsalve hit a two out two run single that put the Captains up 5-2.
In the seventh inning the Peoria scored three runs to take a 6-5 lead. The big hit in the inning was a single by the DH Paul Hoilman. The single put the Chiefs on top 6-5. The Captains tied the game in the ninth with a sac- fly off the bat of Leonardo Castillo. It was a 6-6 game going to extras.
Captains starter Felix Sterling (0-0) didn't factor in the decision for Lake County. The line on Sterling was 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HRA. Sterling gave way to Francisco Valera. Valera (1-3) took the loss after pitching 1.2 Innings allowing four hits three earned runs with one walk and one strikeout. Kyle Blair entered for Lake County and pitched three and one thirds innings not allowing a hit or a run and striking out four. Jeff Johnson (1-1) worked a perfect 11th to pick up his first win of the season.
The Chiefs starting pitcher Michael Jensen (3-1) also got the no decision. He pitched five innings surrendering six hits and he gave up five earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts. The Chiefs bullpen surrendered the lead in the ninth and in the 11th. The losing pitcher was Austin Reed (0-1) who surrendered the walk off sacrifice fly in the 11th.
The Captains stay at Classic Park on Thursday night at 6:30PM. The Captains will take on the Peoria Chiefs and send LHP Elvis Araujo (0-3, 2.25) to the mound against RHP PJ Francescon (1-1, 2.57) for the Chiefs. The Chiefs are visiting Classic Park for the only time in two years with this three game set in Eastlake.
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The Lake County Captains are a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and play their home games at Classic Park in Eastlake, at the corners of State Route 91 and Vine Street. For more information on the Captains, please visit the team's official website at www.CaptainsBaseball.com.
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