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September 2, 2016 - Florida State League (FSL) - Brevard County Manatees News Release

Lake County Captains (30-36, 70-66) at Dayton Dragons (25-41, 46-90) Friday - 7:00 p.m. - Fifth Third Field - Broadcast: AM 1330/101.5 FM WINT Games #137 - Road Games #69 - Season Series: 8-4, 1 Game Remaining RHP Micah Miniard (0-2, 4.59 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Santillan (2-3, 8.87)

YESTERDAY: The Lake County Captains lost to the Dayton Dragons, 6-2. Nick Senzel led the Dragons' offense with a pair of doubles and three RBI. His two-run double in the fifth inning put Dayton ahead for good. Li-Jen Chu had a pair of doubles in a three-hit night.

CAPTAINS TOP PROSPECTS: The Captains have one player remaining on their roster who is ranked among the Indians top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com. 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).

WINNING MONTH: Lake County finished August with a 16-14 mark. It was the Captains' first above-.500 month since they went 15-7 in April. The Captains went 15-15 in May, 13-13 in June and 11-16 in July.

THAT WAS CLOSE: Of the 30 games the Captains played in August, 21 were decided by three or fewer runs. In those close ballgames, Lake County went 12-9.

CZECH-ING IN: Since taking over the starting catching job full time at the end of June, Martin Cervenka has thrown out 46.8% of baserunners (22-for-47). He also nabbed 54.2% of baserunners in August (13- for-24). 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 .306 in the second half. The Captains' backstop turned in his best offensive month in July by batting .290 and then followed that up with a .336 August that included a season-high 12 RBI and a season-best .803 OPS.

STARTERS LABORING: In the last five games, only one Captains starter has made it through five innings. Trevor Foss pitched 5.1 frames on Wednesday, but no other starter has gone beyond 4.2 innings. As a result, the Lake County bullpen has averaged 4.13 innings per game (20.2 IP). Luckily for the Captains, the relief staff has performed well, posting a 1.74 ERA (4 ER, 20.2 IP) during the last five ballgames.

PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Captains enter today 2.5 games behind the Great Lakes Loons for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Division with four games remaining. Great Lakes has five games remaining, as they must play the completion of a suspended game against West Michigan on Saturday. The Lansing Lugnuts are also in the playoff hunt, only 0.5 games behind the Loons. The Lugnuts also have four games remaining. Lake County faces Lansing in the last three games of the season at Classic Park.

TIEBREAKER: If the Captains and Loons are tied at the end of the regular season, Lake County would miss the playoffs. Great Lakes owns the tiebreaker with an 11-10 record in head-to-head matchups. If Lansing and Lake County are tied for the last spot, the tiebreaker would also come down to head-to-head record, which is not yet decided. The Captains are 8-7 against Lansing this year with three games left.

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