Photo credit: Tim Phillis/TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

After a lackluster week at home against the Beloit Sky Carp of the Miami Marlins organization on both ends, the Lake County Captains (33-30) capped the week with a performance that matched the weather of the Summer Solstice – hot. For the week, the Captains closed the first half at home with an overall 2-4 homestand with Beloit. The Captains’ offense was stagnant at times and the pitching didn’t help matters. But a new week brought a new series against the Dayton Dragons and Lake County came out swinging at Day Air Ballpark. After a five-game stretch with only 12 runs scored, Lake County tallied 11 runs – including a 6-run sixth inning.

In the five games against Beloit, the Captains offense sat at a .196 clip but the hot bats in Dayton raised the weekly average to .233. Beloit’s offense roughed up the Captains for 28 runs in five games, including six home runs (Beloit had an individual three HR game on Friday night).

On to the week’s recap!

Week in Review

6/15/22 vs. Beloit – L, 4-2
6/16/22 vs. Beloit – L, 3-1
6/17/22 vs. Beloit – L, 11-1
6/18/22 vs. Beloit – W, 5-3
6/19/22 vs. Beloit – L, 7-3
6/21/22 at Dayton – W, 11-2

Player of the Week

Mason Hickman, RHP: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 9 K, HBP

Hickman dazzled the Sky Carp in his start on Thursday (June 16) with a five inning masterpiece. The Vanderbilt product worked through season-high five scoreless innings while matching a career-high in strikeouts. He retired the first 11 batters before entering a jam of his own in the fourth. The right-hander gave up a bunt single, a hit by pitch and a walk to load the bases. He ended the threat with a strikeout and finished the outing with a 1-2-3 fifth inning.

After back-to-back starts of three runs allowed, Hickman went scoreless for the third time this season.

Who’s Hot

Mike Amditis, C: .400 (4-10) AVG, 3 1B, 2B, 4 RBI, R, 2 K

Amditis was about to be in the not section until a breakout performance on Tuesday night. The backstop snapped an 0-for-6 week with a Wendy’s special – a 4-for-4. Amditis became the second Captain this season to have four hits as he singled three times and doubled once. He drove in three runs on Tuesday with a pair of RBI singles and a RBI double.

Milan Tolentino, SS: .313 (5-16) AVG, 3 1B, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, SB

Tolentino worked his way into a solid first week in Lake County. After only two hits in his first four games, he ended the week with three hits and two doubles.

Johnathan Rodriguez, OF: .300 (6-20) AVG, 2 1B, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 R, 2 RBI, 7 K

With five hits in the last two games, Johnathan Rodriguez found himself enjoying the warm weather in Ohio. Rodriguez started the Dayton series with a pair of home runs to double his season total to four blasts.

Tanner Bibee, RHP: 1-0, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

Bibee turned his in sixth start of one run or less on Tuesday at Dayton. The right-hander from Cal State Fullerton punched out ten batters for the second time this season as he cruised through 5.1 innings with very little damage. Bibee’s main blemishes were a solo home run in the second and a double in the sixth before he came out of the game.

Randy Labaut, LHP: 2 G, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K

Labaut has been nails for the Captains in the bullpen this season as he is nearing an ERA of 1.50 through 18 appearances. He twirled five shutout innings this week with very little resistance, bringing his current scoreless streak to 10.1 innings dating back to June 8th.

Who’s Not

Jordan Jones, RHP: 2 G, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R/ER, 5 BB, 3 K, HR

His line for the week is a little misleading because of a night and day situation. In his first appearance on Wednesday, he tossed three scoreless frames with two hits and one walk allowed. Sunday saw Jones struggle against Beloit in the seventh inning. The righty walked four batters in two thirds of an inning, allowing six runs total for the day.

Rodney Boone, LHP: 0-1, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP

Boone’s second start in a Captains uniform was a bit different than his first start of five innings and one run allowed. Boone struggled against Beloit as he gave up a season-high of five runs and four walks. For someone who walked only ten batters previously in 11 starts, his command was an issue on Friday. Beloit feasted on Captains pitching on Friday for an 11-1 win.

Korey Holland, OF: .000 (0-7) AVG, 2 K

Holland was one of four players to go 0-fer for the week. He is currently batting .141 for the year and .105 in June (2-for-19).

Transactions

6/21 – RHP Cade Smith assigned to Akron from Lake County, LHP Jaime Arias assigned to Lake County from Akron, RHP Jack DeGroat assigned from Arizona

Smith gets the move to Akron after appearing in 20 games for Lake County in relief. Smith tossed 24 innings with a 3.00 ERA, five saves and a 44:14 K/BB ratio. Opposing batters were hitting .172 off Smith.

Arias started the year in Lake County and made a spot start in Columbus in mid-April. He was promoted to Akron on May 10, where he made five starts (seven appearances) with a 4.43 ERA and 22 strikeouts. During his five appearances in Lake County, Arias compiled a 4.20 ERA in the bullpen with 15 innings pitched.

DeGroat made his professional debut in Arizona after missing time from two Tommy John surgeries since 2018. He appeared in four games in the ACL, going six innings with one hit, two walks and eight strikeouts. He was an 2018 11th round pick from Liberty.

On Deck

6/22-6/26 at Dayton (2nd half “resets” on Thursday)

6/28 vs. Lansing

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