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Captains Stun BlueClaws 6-5

August 22, 2008 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Lake County Captains News Release

(Eastlake, OH) - Matt McBride hit a walk-off three-run pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Lake County Captains stunned the Lakewood BlueClaws 6-5 on Friday. The BlueClaws wasted three home runs and another strong starting pitching performance. The BlueClaws fell to 1.5 games behind West Virginia who won their game tonight.

Captains starter Ryan Miller gave up solo home runs to Travis D'Arnaud and Mike Durant in the top of the second inning and the BlueClaws led 2-0. The Claws lead went to 3-0 when Tim Kennelly doubled home T.J. Warren in the third inning. It went to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning.

The Captains got to Claws reliever Zach Sterner in the bottom of the sixth inning when Matt Brown doubled home two runs to cut the lead to 4-2. It went to 5-2 in the eighth when Travis Mattair walked and scored when Karl Bolt doubled off of Captains reliever Mike Pontius. The Captains cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth inning on a RBI ground out by Jeff Hehr.

Miller took a no decision going 6.2 innings and allowing four runs on ten hits, walking two and striking out six. Pontius gave up a run in 1.2 innings of work. Jonathan Holt got the win by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. The BlueClaws Chance Chapman pitched five shutout innings striking out seven with nothing to show for the effort. Jared Simon took the loss and his record fell to 6-3.

The Captains and BlueClaws play game four of the five game series on Saturday with the Captains sending RHP Joey Mahalic (7-5, 3.80) to the mound to face the BlueClaws RHP Mike Stutes (4-1, 0.84). Game time is 7:05 PM. All Captains games can be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.

Following the game on Saturday, the Captains will be awarding a free funeral to a lucky pre-registered fan courtesy of Monreal Funeral Home of Eastlake. All fans will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show after the game and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Willy Walleye mini bobblehead presented by National City.

Sunday at 1:05 PM is the final Plevin and Gallucci Family Fun Day where fans can meet Captains players prior to the game and get autographs and kids can run the bases after the game presented by Andrews Osborne Academy. Also, the first 1,500 fans will receive a Captains Fleece Blankets Presented by Lake Hospital System.

Tickets for all Captains home games including the 2008 SAL Playoffs are on sale at the Classic Park box office, by phone at 440-954-WINS (9467) or at captainsbaseball.com. Tickets for the Playoffs remain the same as regular season game tickets, $9 reserved seat, $7 bleachers, juniors, and seniors, $6 lawn. Lawn seats for the Playoffs will only be sold once the reserved seats and bleachers are sold out. The $7 group rate will still apply to groups of 20 or more.


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