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Lake County Walks off in 10 Innings, 4-3

July 20, 2015 - Midwest League (MWL1)
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Eastlake, Ohio - Hunter Lockwood hit a game-tying home run in the eighth, but Lake County's Bobby Bradley delivered a bases-loaded, infield RBI single in the bottom of the 10th, as the Captains walked off in the rubber match to clinch the series victory over Bowling Green, 4-3, in front of 5,264 fans at Classic Park.

Bowling Green (14-11, 51-44) dropped its second in a row and lost its third game in walkoff fashion in 2015. Lake County (9-15, 45-47) won consecutive games for the first time since July 4-5 and took its first series in the second half.

With the Hot Rods trailing 3-1 and one out in the eighth, Justin Williams cracked his 20th double of the season on a line drive into left field, while Lockwood followed with his tenth home run of the season on a 3-2 pitch from reliever Julian Merryweather - his third straight game with a circuit clout - to tie the game at 3-3.

Mac James worked a walk following Lockwood's blast, and Carter Burgess lined a two-out double in to the left-field corner to put both runners in scoring position, but they would remain stranded, as Alec Sole struck out to end the frame.

Both teams traded zeroes until the home half of the 10th, as Edwin Fierro entered for his second appearance in Bowling Green off the disabled list. The Mexican right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Taylor Murphy, and Greg Allen cracked a double to move Murphy to third. Fierro (3-2) then intentionally walked Anthony Santader to load the bases, and Bradley ended the game by bouncing an infield single off the third-base bag, scoring Murphy to give the Captains the 4-3 victory.

Lake County right-hander Luke Eubank (1-1) worked 1.2 scoreless innings after Merryweather exited to earn his first Midwest League win.

Bowling Green struck first in the top of the second inning, when consecutive doubles from James and Nick Ciuffo put the Hot Rods up 1-0, as Ciuffo drove in his 24th run on his 15th double. That was the only run the Hot Rods scored off Captains' starter Justus Sheffield, though they knocked out the Indians' number four prospect after just 4.2 innings on six hits, while issuing a walk and striking out six.

In his Bowling Green debut, Jose Mujica kept the Captains off the scoreboard through four innings, which began with a leadoff strikeout from rehabbing Cleveland Indians'; 1B/OF/DH Nick Swisher, in his first live action since going on the MLB DL on June 14 due to knee inflammation. Swisher finished 2-for-3 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

However, in the bottom of the fifth, Yu-Cheng Chang knocked a leadoff single, and Francisco Mejia grounded out to Burgess at first base unassisted, but a throwing error to second base on the attempted double play sent Chang to third. Steven Patterson contributed a sacrifice fly to score Chang and tie the game at 1-1.

Mujica surrendered a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to give Lake County its first lead of the game at 3-1, when Yonathan Mendoza drove home Swisher from third base on a sacrifice fly and a two-out Chang single up the middle scored Santander to put extend the Captains' lead.

After Lockwood's blast in the eighth, Mujica was taken off the hook in earning a no-decision over 6.0 innings with seven hits and three runs allowed (two earned), while striking out two and walking one.

Overall, Bowling Green outhit Lake County, 11-10, led by Ciuffo's 3-for-5 effort which upped his hitting streak to five games in which three have been three-hit efforts while batting 11-for-22. Bralin Jackson had two hits to up his hitting streak to nine straight, while Williams added a pair of knocks, as well, moving his hitting streak to eight straight.

Eight of the 12 Hot Rods' hits went for extra bases - including a season-best seven doubles - setting a new season-high for extra-base knocks in a single game. However, Bowling Green went just 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 on base.

Bowling Green opens a three-game series against the First-Half Eastern Division Champion Lansing Lugnuts on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. CDT, when newly crowned Midwest League Pitcher of the Week Yonny Chirinos (2-0, 0.00) takes on Lugnuts righty Connor Fisk (0-2, 8.00).

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