Eastlake, Ohio — The Lake County Captains came close, but just weren’t able to steer their way into a four-run comeback against the South Bend Cubs Friday night. The Captains lost, 6-5 to drop to 4-5 on the season.
Grant Hockin started the day by striking out Chris Sinigleton, but the first inning quickly turned south. The Cubs scored twice in the first inning — once on a balk by Hockin — to take the lead, 2-0.
Hockin’s night would end after the fourth inning. He ended the night giving up five earned runs and nine hits in four innings. Jean Carlos Meija relieved Hockin in the fifth inning.
On the other side, Cubs starting pitcher Javier Assad pitched four innings and gave up two earned runs off three hits. He pitched a scoreless third and fourth inning before being relieved by Bailey Clark. The Captains were able to score in the first and second inning, but weren’t able to score again until late.
Jean Carlos Meija pitched well in relief for the Captains and kept the game from getting out of hand. He pitched five innings, only letting the Cubs score one run, which kept the Captains in the game long enough to get their bats moving.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ulysses Cantu homered to left to put the Captains on the scoreboard for the first time since the second inning. Then in the bottom of the eigth, Jorma Rodriguez singled to bring in two runners, making it a one-run game with the Cubs up, 6-5.
The Captains headed into the bottom of the ninth down one run after Meija kept the Cubs scoreless in their last at bat of the night. The Captains were able to load the bases with one out left, sending out Rodriguez to decide the game.
With the bases loaded, Cubs closer Brian Glowicki got the strike out to end the game.
Photo by Matthew Johns