G-Rod hits his Second Walkoff hit of the Series, Captains win 6-5

Eastlake, OH- The Lake County Captains (52-45) were back it at on Friday looking for a win against what seems to be their arch nemesis, The Great Lake Loons (60-39). After losing in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday, The Captains had "Doug Day" with LHP Doug Nikhazy (2-4, 3.31 ERA) on the mound Friday. The Loons countered with RHP Carlos Duran (0-2, 3.18 ERA) getting the start.


After striking out the first two batters in the top of the first, Nikhazy left a ball hanging over the middle of the plate and Loons SS Eddys Leonard took deep to left center and just over the wall. That was Leonard's 11th home run of the year and 6th home run against the Captains. Nikhazy then struck out the final batter of the inning. Loons took the lead 1-0.


The Captains threatened in the bottom of the 1st after Angel Martinez doubled to right. Joe Naranjo walked next. Both Alexfri Planez and Johnathan Rodriguez struck out. CF Petey Halpin walked loading the bases for 3B Milan Totentino. He fought at the plate, but went down looking at the big sweeping slider.


Doug Nikhazy was having control issues in the top of the 2nd, walking the bases loaded with 1 out. LF Harold Restituyo hit a blooper to center that CF Petey Halpin and 2B Aaron Bracho were both going for and after poor communication the base dropped scoring a run. Fortunately it was the only run of the inning, but the loons led 2-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.


The Captains started to come unglued in the top of the 4th inning. Nikhazy walked the first two batters, then gave up a RBI double to Loons 2B Austin Gauthier. A wild pitch scored 1B Imanol Vargas and Gauthier advanced to 3rd. Next LF Harold Restituyo hit a RBI double to left scoring Gauthier. The Loons led 5-0 after the half inning.


The Captains finally came alive in the bottom of four. DH Johnathan Rodriguez singled to start the inning. Petey Halpin walked, followed by a single up the middle by Milan Tolentino scoring Rodriguez. 2B Aaron Bracho walked to load the bases. That was all the Loons were going to let Carlos Duran see as they pulled him in favor of RHP Antonio Knowles (3-3, 3.73 ERA). After a strike out by C Mike Amditis, LF Korey Holland hit a ball deep to center and off the top of the wall. A two RBI double that cut into the Loons lead. The next two Captains grounded out, but now it became a game with the Captains only trailing 5-3.