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

Lake County Captains 11, Fort Wayne TinCaps 10 (F/13)

In a marathon game lasting 4:15, the Lake County Captains defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 11-10 in 13 innings after the TinCaps rallied from down seven to tie the game and send it to extras. Early in the contest, it looked like the Captains were in full control after going up 9-2 in the sixth. Fort Wayne sent 10 guys to the dish in the 10th to knot it up at 9 apiece and both teams went scoreless to move to extra innings.

The tenth saw Lake County load the bases with one out, but were unable to come up clutch. A popup on the infield and strikeout sent it to the bottom half tied. Reliever Davis Sharpe entered with a pair of runners on and got an infield popup and caught a man trying to walk it off by stealing home.

Milan Tolentino attempted to play hero by knocking a single the other way for an RBI in the 11th, but Fort Wayne countered by using small ball to produce the game’s tying run. In the 12th, both teams had a runner on third, but fantastic defense saved the game for both teams. Angel Martinez at short caught a screaming line drive and tagged the base at third after the runner was caught frozen in the middle of the basepath with how hard the ball was hit.

In the 13th, Petey Halpin led off the inning with an RBI double to right to score what would be the eventual winning run. Alaska Abney relieved Davis Sharpe, who threw 3.2 innings of hitless relief, and notched the save by inducing a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Captains players had two off days after a rest and weather postponement to get cage work in and it paid off in a big way to open the weekend slate at Fort Wayne. The Captains crushed four homeruns in an 11-10 win, all coming from different spots in the order.

Johnathan Rodriguez had the biggest hit of the night, a grand slam to cap off a five-run third inning that sailed well over the left field wall. It was his seventh homerun of the season and was an exclamation point after extending his hit streak to 12 games earlier in the day. Alexfri Planez was on base for the big fly. His single two batters previous made his hit streak 18 games, the longest in the system.

Planez made his night memorable with a long distance call for his second hit of the night. That made it 6-0 and Aaron Bracho added on later in the frame with a two-run homerun of his own. Milan Tolentino smoked a double into centerfield to be on base for the big fly.

Just as Planez did in the fifth, Angel Martinez led off the sixth inning to provide the fourth homerun of the game and extend the Lake County lead. From the left side of the dish, Martinez showed pop and pulled it to right field for a no doubt homerun, his seventh of 2022.

On the pitching side, the starter Davenport looked sharp early, but having to face the TinCaps’ Future Star selection Robert Hassell III with the bases loaded at 90+ pitches was not a recipe for success. He would hit the double that scored both runs on his ledger.

Reliever Davis Sharpe was critical to the team’s victory with 3.2 innings of work out of the bullpen He was effective by throwing strikes and making them put the ball in play. No one got hard contact on him and thus no one was able to get a hit off the 22-year-old.

Pitch Velocity

RHP #35 Aaron Davenport:

1st: 90, 90, 82, 76 (KS) | 92, 92, 85, 77, 92 (2B LC) | 93, 93, 91, 90, 84 (F9-5-4 DP RLE) | 14 pitches

2nd: 91, 90, 87, 78, 76, 92, 83 (KS) | 93, 93, 92, 86, 92, 85 (4-3) | 92, 85, 93, 80, 82, 93 (5-3) | 19 pitches (33 total)

3rd: 91, 84, 83, 82, 91 (F9) | 92, 84 (1B 1) | 90, 90, 82 (P6) | 93, 92, 84, 91 (F9) | 14 pitches (47 total)

4th: 91, 84, 78 (KS) | 85, 76, 94 (FF2) | 94, 84, 92, 92, 92 (BB) | 92, 91, 84, 92, 78 (KS) | 16 pitches (63 total)

5th: 80, 90, 76, 91 (F9) | 92, 78, 77 (2B LL) | 92, 91, 91, 85, 92 (BB) | 84, 92, 91, 85 (FF5) | 92, 84, 85, 92, 92, 92, 92 (BB) | 93 (2B 7) | 80, 84, 92, 93, 92 (BB) | 29 pitches (92 total)

Final Line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BBs, 4 Ks, 92P (52S)

LHP 31 Raymond Burgos:

5th: 94, 82, 92, 93, 93, 82, 95 (F7) | 7 pitches

6th: 93, 94 (1B 8) | 81, 94, 94, 92 (BB) | 94, 94, 82, 80 (KS) | 94, 94, 93, 93, 80 (KS) | 81, 93 (2B 7) | 92, 92 (6-3) | 17 pitches (26 total)

Final Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 Ks, 26P (14S)

LHP #40 Matt Turner:

7th: 93, 93, 94, 94, 94, 84 (BB) | 94, 95, 92, 95 (6-4-3 DP) | 95, 85, 94, 95, 95 (KL) | 15 pitches

8th: 93, 94, 94, 94, 94, 92 (1B 4) | 94, 90, 92, 92 (BB) | 85, 94, 94, 93, 92, 92 (BB) | 83, 82 (1B 9) | 18 pitches (33 total)

Final Line: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BBs, K, 33P (14S)

RHP #26 Trey Benton:

8th: 94, 95, 94, 94 (1B 4) | 94, 95, 93, 95 (SF 8) | 79, 94, 80, 94 (HR) | 95, 79, 93, 87, 93 (2B 8) | 94, 93, 92, 93 (3U) | 92 (F9) | 22 pitches

9th: 92, 86, 87 (KS) | 95, 94 (2B LL) | 95, 93, 93, 94, 93, 93 (BB) | 11 pitches (33 total)

Final Line: 1.1IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, K, 33P (18S)

RHP #30 Davis Sharpe:

9th: 92, 87, 88, 87 (P3) | 93, 93, 87, 93 (CS 2-1-2) | 8 pitches

10th: 93, 87, 93, 87 (KS) | (IBB) | 92, 88, 80 (KS) | 92, 85, 93 (KS) | 10 pitches (18 total)

11th: 91 (2-4 SAC BU) | 86, 81, 91 (SF9) | 91, 86, AB, 87, 80, 91, 86 (KL) | 10 pitches (28 total)

12th: 90 (5-4 SAC BU) | 91, 91 (L6 DP) 3 pitches (31 total)

Final Line: W, 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 Ks, 31P (24S)

RHP #8 Alaska Abney:

13th: 89, 89, 79 (6-3) | (IBB) | 90, 90 (6-4-3 DP) | 5 pitches

Final Line: S, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 Ks, 5P (4S)

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