Lake County wrapped up a 13 day, 12 game road trip between Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Peoria, Illinois, on their way back home to start a home stand against West Michigan this week. After a solid showing in Cedar Rapids, the Captains had another successful series with the Chiefs. Save for the final day of the road trip, Lake County’s pitching was once again stellar, and the bats were more than good enough to back them. In fact, a bunch of a unlikely bats had great weeks for them. Christian Cairo, Raynel Delgado, Petey Halpin and Michael Amditis did a lot of the damage. Most of the starters were solid on the trip, but the bullpen really held things down as well. Most importantly, they didn’t suffer a single rainout on the entire trip. The Captains have had seven rainouts this year and on a 12 game, 13 day trip, they were lucky enough to avoid more. Despite the trip, the Captains remain seven games back of first place Dayton in the division and best record in the league, as well five back of both Cedar Rapids and Wisconsin for the second best record in the Midwest League.

Week in Review

5/24/22: W, 6-4 at Peoria
5/25/22: W 5-1 at Peoria
5/26/22: W 3-2 at Peoria
5/27/22: W 3-2 at Peoria
5/28/22: W 4-1 at Peoria
5/29/22: L 15-2 at Peoria
5/31/22: W 7-6 vs. West Michigan

Prospect of the Week

RHP Alaska Abney (3G): 3.1IP, 3K

It’s a little unorthodox to go with a reliever in a prospect of the week pick, but he worked in two of the wins over the road trip, most importantly, he followed Gavin Williams to the mound on Friday after Williams was knocked out of the game by taking a liner off his wrist. Abney had to warm up without notice and he came to get a strikeout with two on and two out, then proceeded to retire the side in order in the fifth inning. It was the second time this year Abney had to get warm without notice and this time went much better. The bullpen was key this week for the Captains and he was a big cog in it.

Who’s Hot

RHP Gavin Williams (1G): 3.2IP, 3H, 7K

Before he was knocked out by the line drive, Williams was on fire. He was overpowering with his fastball, flipped in a few nice curves and wiped out hitters with his slider. Thankfully, Williams appears to be OK and is scheduled to make his next start this week.

RHP Cade Smith (2G) 2.1IP, 2H, 2BB, 6K

Smith continues to be a dominant arm at the back end of Lake County’s pen. He did put some runners on this week but did pick up a save during the week.

RHP Mason Hickman (1G) 5IP, 3H, ER, BB, 5K

Hickman turned in another solid start in a tight 3-2 win at Peoria. It was a big rebound start where he allowed seven earned runs last week at Cedar Rapids.

INF Christian Cairo: 6-13, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB – .462/.533/.758

Over the series at Peoria, Cairo knocked two homers out and added a double as an unlikely hero in a few games.

1B Joe Naranjo: 5-19, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 8 BB, 6 K – .263/.481/.579

Another solid week for Naranjo, not hitting for a big average, but clobbering some extra base hits and doing a good job being selective at the plate.

Who’s Not

RHP Lenny Torres Jr.: 3.1IP, 6H, 7ER, 4 BB, 4 K 

It’s a little concerning that Torres has really been able to put together a stretch of good starts in a row at this point. He’s missed some bats but he allowed 22 hits in 11.1 innings in May.

1B/3B/RF Jhonkensy Noel: 4-26, 2RBI, 6K – .154/.154/.154

This is the toughest stretch Noel has probably been through at this point. He’s getting more innings in right field but the bat has taken a hit.



On Deck

6/1 – HOME vs. West Michigan, 11AM
6/2 – HOME vs. West Michigan, 7
6/3 – HOME vs. West Michigan, 7
6/4 – HOME vs. West Michigan, 7
6/5 – HOME vs. West Michigan, 1
6/7 – AT Fort Wayne, 7

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