Cubs Split Doubleheader with Captains for Second Time this Series
Eastlake, OH: In two doubleheaders in this series against the Lake County Captains, the South Bend Cubs have evenly split them with two wins each. On Wednesday night, South Bend took game one in 12 innings 6-4, and Lake County topped the Cubs in game two 5-2.
In both games, South Bend scored first including a run in each of the first two innings in game one. The early run support in game one benefited starter Javier Assad, who tossed all seven regularly scheduled innings in the game. Assad put together another quality start with two runs allowed in the seven innings plus six strikeouts.
The Cubs were in control for much of game one. Taking the 2-0 lead into the 6th inning, South Bend was inches from adding a few more insurance runs after Jared Young and Austin Filiere barely missed home runs. Young fouled a ball down the right field line that drifted to the right of the foul pole. Filiere lined one to right that was just a few feet short of flying over the wall.
The third batter of the inning was catcher Miguel Amaya. Amaya, who already leads South Bend in home runs with five, drove a ball over the left field wall that was originally called fair by home plate umpire Alex Nash. After Lake County argued that it was foul, Nash discussed the call with base umpire Jake Botek. The final call was that the ball was foul.
Amaya reached base anyway and was ultimately thrown out at the plate trying to score South Bend's third run. It would have made the game 3-0.
In their half of the 6th, Lake County tied the game with two runs of their own. After seven innings, the game was tied at two, forcing extras. Both teams got off to a hot start in extra innings with both South Bend and Lake County scoring a run in the 9th and 10th innings.
With the new rule of a runner automatically being placed on second base in extra innings, the Cubs were the lone team to capitalize in the 12th inning when both Rafael Narea and Zach Davis scored to put the Cubs up 6-4.
Manuel Rodriguez worked the final frame with a scoreless effort to win his first game of the season and give South Bend the game one victory.
In game two, the Cubs again scored first, but the Captains did not waste their opportunities to come back. In the top of the 1st, Chris Singleton doubled to start the game and was brought in on a RBI single from Young. Lake County answered with a run in the 2nd to tie it at 1-1.
The Captains capitalized off of South Bend reliever Jose Albertos in the bottom of the 5th inning. With four walks in the frame, Lake County scored three times to take the 5-1 lead. South Bend would only manage one additional run in the 7th inning, but Lake County finished with the 5-2 game two win.
Right hander Cameron Mingo pitched six innings of one run ball for the Captains to earn his first win of the season. Taking the loss for the Cubs was starter Jesus Camargo, even though he allowed just two runs in six innings and struck out seven.
After splitting the two games, South Bend's record sits at 17-20 on the campaign. They have one game remaining against Lake County tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. After tomorrow, they will open a three game series versus the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
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