Image: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

Another week, and you guessed it, another double-header. And THIS week starts out with a double-header after another rainout on Tuesday, May 3. Again, Lake County had FIVE (5) double-headers in 2021. They are now about to play their sixth already in 2022 and it’s only the first week of May. That’s a nightmare on pitching staffs. Luckily, most of the time pitching is keeping them close. Only one game got out of hand in the five they played when everything kind of fell off the rails for Doug Nikhazy and everyone that followed him. The young hitters continue to be challenged. Some days, a homer from Jhonkensy Noel is enough, or Petey Halpin getting on base and finding a way to score. But overall, the offense hasn’t put together anything consistent, but as expected, the pitching is keeping it close enough to win some low scoring games and some nights the team can’t really muster any pitching. It will be up to the young hitters to settle and and get it going in support of the pitching, while it lasts.

Last Week (3-2)

4/27/22:  vs. Lansing, Postponed (Cold)
4/28/22: L 4-1 vs. Lansing
4/29/22: W 4-3 vs. Lansing
4/30/22: Game 1 – W: 3-0 vs. Lansing; Game 2 – L 8-0 vs. Lansing
5/1/22: W 4-3 vs. Lansing 
5/3/22: at Dayton, Postponed (Rain)

Prospect of the Week

RHP Gavin Williams: GS, 6IP, H, BB, HBP, 5K

In one of those double-headers, Williams guaranteed the Captains at least one win because he completely shut down the Lansing offense. He had his best start as a pro, firing six shutout innings, allowing three base runners to reach base. He allowed one hard hit ball the entire start. The other two he put on base with a walk and a hit batter. He was up to 97 and was fastball heavy, even though he didn’t rack up as many strikeouts, not many hitters could do anything with his overpowering fastball when they did make contact. It was good for Williams and good for the team that he worked deep into the game during a double-header, as well as a lack of run support. 

Who’s Hot

RHP Tommy Mace: 5IP, 3H, ER

It wasn’t by stats an extremely impressive start. Mace didn’t strike anyone out, but he didn’t walk anyone and only allowed one run. It was another effort that Lake County needed, eeking out a 4-3 win. Mace needed it too, to bounce back from his 3.1 innings, six run allowed effort the start before. He’s been unable to put together back to back good starts, so maybe his longest career outing to date will get him going.

OF Korey Holland: 4-9, 2 2B, 3B, RBI – .444/.444/.889

Holland got four starts in the week while Alexfri Planez is hurt , so he’s getting more playing time. He took advantage this week. He only had two hits in his eight previous games played. 

3B/1B Jhonkensy Noel: 4-17, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI  -.235/.278/.500

Maybe ‘who’s hot’ isn’t the right determination for Noel. He didn’t have a lot of hits this week, but the Captains needed his power. They scored 11 runs in five games and Noel drove five of them, so that qualifies for something. Even if he’s struggling to find more hits.

Who’s Not

INF Christian Cairo: 0-14, 7BB/4K, 2R – .000/.222/.000

I’m sure I’ve seen other players go 0-for a week before, but Cairo has been getting regular playing time over Aaron Bracho, who had a rough 2022, but the entire Captains infield aside from Neol and Naranjo hasn’t really hit. Cairo does at least bring a good glove to the table.

The entire Captains offense minus Noel, Holland and Joe Naranjo: 24-138, .174/.219/.333

That’s the entire Captains hitting line this last week. Even with Noel, Holland and Naranjo. They had the second worst batting average last week and only Fort Wayne (nine) scored less runs. 

LHP Doug Nikhazy: 4IP, 7H, 4ER, 2BB, 5K

Nikhazy had two good innings in his previous start, and then it all came crashing down. He walked a batter, hit one and did suffer a few bloopers, but also some hard contact when he couldn’t locate. Nikhazy has had a hard time throwing strikes consistently so far this season. He hasn’t allowed a lot of runs until this start, so the stuff is still good. 


04/26/22 C Seth Caddell assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lake County Captains
04/29/22 RHP Zach Hart assigned to ACL Indians from Lake County Captains
04/30/22 Lake County Captains placed OF Alexfri Planez on the 7-day injured list
05/03/22 RHP Serafino Brito assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats

On Deck

Wed May 4 @Dayton , 6:05 pm EDT
Makeup of 5/3 PPD @Dayton, Game 2
Thu May 5 @Dayton, 7:05 pm EDT     
Fri May 6 @Dayton, 7:05 pm EDT
Sat May 7 @Dayton, 7:05 pm EDT
Sun May 8 @Dayton, 1:05 pm EDT  
Tue May 10 vs.Great Lake, 11:00 am EDT  

Wed May 11 vs.Great Lakes, 6:35 pm EDT

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