Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

It was a fitting week for the Lake County Captains, earning their 31st come-from-behind victory of the season in clinching a playoff spot with a 3-2 win on 9/10 against Fort Wayne. Pitching led the way again with strong performances from two arms that have been in Lake County all year and a key homer from a 2021 Captains player who has also been an offensive stalwart for them this year and hit for a surprising amount of power. Still, it might be the end of the road here quickly as the Captains dropped game one and may be with out a key pitcher the rest of the series, or playoffs if they move on. They have lacked real offensive punch and relied on timely hitting without guys like Johnathan Rodriguez and Jhonkensy Noel. 

Results

9/8/22: L, 14-8 vs. Fort Wayne
9/9/22: W, 6-5 vs. Fort Wayne
9/10: W, 3-2 vs. Fort Wayne
9/11: Fort Wayne at Lake County – Cancelled, rain
9/13: L, 7-2 vs. Great Lakes (Game 1, MWLCS)

Prospect of the Week

RHP Aaron Davenport: 6IP, 3H, 2ER, 8K 

After surrendering a pair of solo homers in the first two innings of his start on 9/10 against Fort Wayne, Davenport settled in and turned in one of his best outings of 2022. He didn’t walk a batter, fanned eight and retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced. He was consistent for the most part and pitched the Captains to the playoff clinching win. He was steady around 90-93 and threw plenty of rainbow curves for strikeouts as well.

Who’s Hot

RHP Tommy Mace: 5.1IP, 3H, 2ER, HR, 8K

Mace was just about as good as Davenport, just over two less outs. But his start was huge as he held the TinCaps at bay on 9/9, which allowed the Captains enough time to put together a comeback win that they needed to get their magic number down to one. It was important for Mace as in his previous start, he lasted just 0.1IP due to his finger issue, so he rebounded well.

LHP Raymond Burgos: 4IP, 2H, BB, 7K

Across two outings, Burgos was fantastic as he had become one of the Captains most reliable middle inning relievers, coming in and shutting teams down in the sixth, or seventh and eighth. He’s really put his career back on track as a reliever with a good mid-90s fastball and a strong changeup as a left hander. He might need to improve the slider but he’s had a fantastic season.

1B Joe Naranjo: 3-14, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2BB, 7K – .214/.313/.500

There wasn’t much going on offensively for the Captains despite 13 runs scored in the first two games of the Fort Wayne series. However, Naranjo’s two run blast on 9/10 gave the Captains the 3-2 win in the division clinching game. It was good to see from Naranjo, who has 18 homers this year and was a member of the 2021 team that would have been playoff bound had there been a playoff series to play.

Who’s Not

INF Aaron Bracho: 1-9, 4K/BB – .111/.200/.111

Another tough week for Bracho to end the season and he didn’t play in game one of the MWL CS. It might be fair to wonder what his future holds in Cleveland.

LHP Jaime Arias: 2.2IP, 10H, 9ER, 2BB/2K 

Filling in for the banged up Jack Leftwich, Arias was the losing pitcher in the 9/8 loss to Fort Wayne getting off to a rough start early.

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On Deck

9/14 OFF

9/15: AT Great Lakes Loons, 7PM (Game 2 of MWL CS)

9/16: AT Great Lakes Loons, 7PM (Game 3 of MWL CS, if necessary)

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