Photo credit: Tom Nichols

For just the second time this season, Lake County was able to complete a full home series, against West Michigan, without a single postponement. The Captains returned home after back-to-back weeks on the road and earned a series split against the Whitecaps, who sit just below them in the standings. It was a mixed bag on both sides of the ball for Lake County, as a pitching staff that gave up 30 runs in the first three games of the series rebounded to allow just five in the final three, and an offense which put up seven, eight and nine-run totals across three different games also put up totals of zero, one and two. While the entire pitching staff turned things around halfway through the series, the bullpen in particular picked up the pace over the last three games, giving up just one run across 14 innings of work. The split kept the Whitecaps at arms length of the Captains in third place, but they are still nine games back of the Dayton Dragons, who also hold the Midwest League’s best record, in the division.

Week in Review

6/1/22: L, 8-0 vs. West Michigan
6/2/22: L, 16-8 vs. West Michigan
6/3/22: W, 2-1 vs. West Michigan
6/4/22: L, 2-1 vs. West Michigan
6/5/22: W, 9-2 vs West Michigan
6/7/22: W, 3-2 @ Fort Worth

Prospect of the Week

1B/3B/LF Jhonkensy Noel: 5-21, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K – .238/.346/.667

After a week in which he homered in three straight games, Noel is now tied for the Midwest League lead in home runs and sits eighth in both RBI and slugging percentage. Perhaps more importantly, however, he had almost as many walks as strikeouts this week. Striking out has been one of Noel’s biggest issues this season, and his on-base percentage has suffered as a result. This past week, however, his OBP was roughly 50 points higher than his season average in addition to him showing off the power that has made him one of Cleveland’s top prospects.

Who’s Hot

RHP Gavin Williams (1G): 6.1IP, 1 ER, 5H, BB, 8K

After his previous start was cut short when he was hit by a line drive, Williams responded with his best start of the season, outdueling fellow 2021 first-round pick Ty Madden in a pitcher’s duel Friday night. He was finally promoted to Akron after this start.

OF Alexfri Planez: 7-20, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI – .350/.350/.650

Planez registered three multi-hit games, and had a hit in four of the five games he played. Four of his seven hits went for extra bases.

LHP Raymond Burgos (3G): 4.1IP, 4H, 0 ER, 3K

Burgos was a big reason why Lake County’s bullpen performed so well in the second half of the series as he appeared in a pair of wins and even picked up the win Sunday.

RHP Lenny Torres Jr. (1G): 4IP, 0 ER, 1K

After a tough month of May, Torres came out of the bullpen in his first June appearance and went 4 hitless innings in Sunday’s victory.

RHP Tanner Bibee (1G): 7.1IP, 0 ER, 2H, 8K

After struggling in his last few starts, Bibee was spectacular in Monday’s victory over the TinCaps, but unfortunately didn’t get the win as the game was still 0-0 when he exited.

Who’s Not

OF Petey Halpin: 4-25, BB, 4K, 2CS – .160/.192/.160

Two of Halpin’s three hits came in his only game of the week hitting in the leadoff spot, and he had just one hit in the other four games.

Transactions

6/5 – RHP Nathan Ocker assigned to ACL Guardians from Lake County Captains.

6/5 – Lake County Captains activated RHP Tommy Mace from the 7-day injured list.

6/7 – RHP Trey Benton assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats.

6/7 – LHP Rodney Boone assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats.

6/7 – RHP Davis Sharpe assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats.

6/7 – RHP Damon Casetta-Stubbs assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains.

On Deck

6/8 – AT Fort Wayne, 7:05

6/9 – AT Fort Wayne, 7:05

6/10 – AT Fort Wayne, 7:05

6/11 – AT Fort Wayne, 6:35

6/12 – AT Fort Wayne, 1:05

6/14 – HOME vs. Beloit, 12:05

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