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August 28, 2016 - Florida State League (FSL) - Brevard County Manatees News Release

Lake County Captains (28-34, 68-64) vs. Lansing Lugnuts (29-33, 65-67) Sunday - 1:30 p.m. - Classic Park - Broadcast: ESPN 970 WFUN Games #133 - Home Games #67 - Season Series: 7-6, 5 Games Remaining RHP Shao-Ching Chiang (8-11, 3.77 ERA) vs. RHP Justin Maese (1-3, 2.62 ERA)

YESTERDAY: The Captains won their second straight game with a 6-5 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts.

Jose Medina led the Lake County offense, finishing just a double away from the cycle. Medina delivered his first big hit in the sixth when he drilled a three-run homer to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 Captains lead.

In the eighth, Medina slammed an RBI triple that proved to be the game-winning run. It was the second time this week that Medina has come within one leg of hitting for the cycle.

CAPTAINS TOP PROSPECTS: The Captains have two players remaining on their roster who are ranked among the Indians top 30 prospects, according to SS Willi Castro is ranked #15 and RHP Triston McKenzie is ranked #7.

RECORD STREAK: Former Captains C Francisco Mejia just had a 50-game hitting streak snapped on August 14. The first 24 games came with Lake County before his promotion to High-A Lynchburg. Mejia's streak is the longest in professional baseball since 1954 and is tied with the 1922 streak by Otto Pahlman for the fifth-longest all-time (fourth-longest in Minor League history).

PITCHING WINS BALLGAMES: Lake County's starting pitching staff has carried the team in August with a 3.48 ERA (60 ER, 155.0 IP). A large reason for their success has been their ability to throw strikes.

Captains starters have a 4.83 K/BB ratio (140 K, 29 BB) this month. Lake County's relievers, on the other hand, have a 4.06 ERA (40 ER, 88.2 IP) and a 2.5 K/BB ratio (95 K, 38 BB). Twice this month, the Captains' bullpen has relinquished leads of three runs or greater in the sixth inning or later.

CZECH-ING IN: Since taking over the starting catching job full time at the end of June, Martin Cervenka has thrown out 51.2% of baserunners (21-for-41). He has also nabbed 54.5% of baserunners in August (12-for-22). Cervenka's offense has also jumped up since he took over the full-time catching job. After batting .214 in the first half, Cervenka is hitting .307 in the second half. The Captains' backstop turned in his best offensive month in July by batting .290 and has followed it up so far with a .340 August.

THAT WAS CLOSE: Of the 27 games the Captains have played in August, 19 have been decided by three or fewer runs. In those close ballgames, Lake County has gone 10-9. After winning five straight close games from August 15-19, the Captains have lost their last four close games since August 20. Lake County is 2-1 in extra innings games this month and has had two walk-off wins.

SWEPT AWAY: The Bowling Green Hot Rods swept the Captains in a five-game series at Classic Park from August 22-25. Lake County was outscored 35-12 in the series and batted only .204 (31-for-152) compared to Bowling Green's .305 team average (51-for-167). The Captains' pitching staff had an ERA of 6.59 during the series (30 ER, 41 IP), while the Hot Rods held a 2.63 ERA (12 ER, 41 IP).

PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Captains enter today 3.5 games behind Great Lakes for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Division with eight games remaining. The Captains also need to jump over Lansing to catch the last playoff spot. Lake County trails Lansing by 1.0 games and will play the Lugnuts five more times, all at Classic Park. Despite being swept in the five-game series by Bowling Green this week, the Captains only dropped two games in the standings. They entered that series 1.5 games out of the last playoff spot. UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS Date Opp. Time (ET) Captains Starter Opponent Starter Live Audio (Subject to Change) 8/29

vs. LAN 7:00 p.m. RHP Casey Shane RHP Jordan Romano 8/31

at DAY 7:00 p.m. RHP Trevor Foss RHP Austin Orweiler 9/1

at DAY 7:00 p.m. RHP Triston McKenzie RHP Wendolyn Bautista

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