Captains unable to keep up with Lansing in 6-1 defeat

Apr. 17—The wind was blowing out to dead center when Lake County and Lansing played an early tilt April 17, with signs of it being a strong hitting contest. Both teams racked up hits, but the Lugnuts converted more of them into runs.

Lansing took the win, 6-1, to start the series with a pair of wins over Lake County, which fell to 4-6.

Both teams' offenses started strong, with a home run each in the first. Brayan Buelvas hit one to left center for Lansing, his second in as many days.

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Lake County responded in the next half inning with a C.J. Kayfus home run to center that the wind carried over the grass, his second of the season. Maick Collado followed that with a single, but the Captains were unable to take the lead.

Both sides had their pitchers settle in after that, and they ended with similar stat lines. Lake County's Jake Miller went four innings, allowed five hits and struck out three.

Lansing's James Gonzales went 4 1/3 innings while also giving up five hits and struck out four. When the Captains were able to get runners on, they were unable to convert those to runs, with six runners left on base and four of them in scoring position.

The Lugnuts regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Will Simpson hit a ground-rule double that bounced over the wall and settled just under the scoreboard. Euribiel Angeles drove him in two batters later with a single to center.

Lansing extended the lead in the top of the sixth as Henry Bolte hit a triple to center that was just over the head of Jake Fox. Simpson followed that with a pop-up that drifted into foul territory but Guy Lipscomb tracked it down for the second out of the inning but Bolte tagged from third to score.

Jose Escorche doubled to center to lead off the eighth, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on a Bolte home run to right that went against the wind. Angeles added another run with a single that just escaped the reach of Alex Mooney at second.

The teams return to Classic Park on April 18 with a first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.. Right hander Austin Peterson (1-1, 2.70 ERA) gets the nod for Lake County while Jose Dicochea (0-1, 11.37) will pitch for Lansing.