Gabriel Rodriguez Walk Off Gives Captains 4-3 Win

Eastlake, OH- The Lake County Captains (51-43) were finally back at Classic Park after a little over two weeks away from home with the All-Star break and two away series against Lansing and South Bend. They took on The Great Lakes Loons (58-38) who are the High A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. RHP Tommy Mace (0-4, 5.00 ERA) got the starting nod for The Captains, while Kendall Williams (2-3, 4.50 ERA) was on the mound for the Loons.

It was pitching war through the first 3 innings with Tommy Mace giving up no hits with 5 strike outs, while Kendall Williams only giving up 2 hits with neither pitcher giving up any runs.

In the top of the 4th, the Loons 2B Jorbit Vivas started off the inning with a single. SS Eddys Leonard followed it up with a double, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Next up 1B Imanol Vargas grounded to short for an out, but Vivas scored from 3rd giving the Loons a 1-0 lead. Tommy Mace found his form again striking out the next two batters, ending the inning only giving up 1 run.

The bottom of the 4th saw some fireworks for the Captains as Alexfri Planez hit his 14th home run of the season that just cleared the wall in left center, followed an absolute bomb by Johnathan Rodriguez to left that almost cleared the bleachers for his 16th homer of the year. Back to back shots giving the Captains a 2-1 lead. Rodriguez has hit 5 home runs in his last 6 games.

In the top of the 5th Loons CF Ismael Alcantara reached first on an error by 3B Gabriel Rodriguez. Alcantara was stealing 2nd when the throw by Captains catcher Micael Ramirez could not be fielded by 2B Milan Tolentino and Alcantara ended up at third base as the ball was thrown deep into center field. 2B Jorbit Vivas was able to get Alcantara home on a sacrifice fly and tie the game at 2-2. That was it for Tommy Mace's night as he was replaced by Jordan Jones (2-2, 5.98 ERA) who ended the inning. Mace had a solid outing going 4.2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, with 7 strike outs.

Top of the 7th inning saw Loons LF Harold Restituyo single and advance to third on a fielder's choice and an error. With 2 outs, 2B Jorbit Vivas singled to right scoring Restituyo and giving the Loons a 3-2 lead.

The Captains answered right back in the bottom of 7. CF Petey Halpin walked to start the inning. He then took 2nd base on a wild pitch by new Loons pitcher Robbie Peto (5-0, 4.10 ERA). 3B Gabriel Rodriguez singled to left and scored Halpin once again tying the game up at 3-3.