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MWL: Cubs Rally Late, Captains Hang On

The Lake County Captains (16-16) came out of the gate hot in their Thursday night matchup with the South Bend Cubs (15-18). The visiting Captains threw nine runs on the board through the first four innings of play to take a 9-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

Li-Jen Chu got the scoring started with his double to left field in the top of the first to score Miguel Eladio, but the second frame is where the visiting team really started to pour it on. Conner Capel singled to lead off the inning before Cubs starter Carson Sands was unable to find the strike zone, walking three in a row. Sands would strikeout Eladio on the next at bat, but with two outs and the bases loaded, Mitch Longo launched a bases clearing double. Sands would issue one more walk, his fourth of the inning and fifth of the game, before being lifted after just 1.2 innings of work.

As we cruised through the game at a score of 9-1, the bottom of the eighth saw things get a little bit more interesting. With the Captains being held scoreless since the fourth inning, the Cubs took it upon themselves to turn this thing back into a ballgame late. Four singles in the bottom of the eighth, and some defensive indifference, led to three runs for the home team.

Heading into the ninth, the Cubs made things a lot more interesting for those in attendance when they threatened for the second frame in a row. The inning started out with three straight walks and a balk before Captains closer Dalbert Siri took the mound. He came in and struck out his first two batters before giving up a two run single to Isaac Paredes. Another run came in on a Siri wild pitch, but he would ultimately slam the door on the Cubs late inning comeback attempt when he struck out his third batter of the inning, allowing the visitors to hang on for a 9-7 victory.

Top Performers:

Lake County –

Mitch Longo: 2/5, 1 2B, 3 RBI

Li-Jen Chu: 2/4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Dalbert Siri: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 SO, 0 BB

South Bend –

Isaac Paredes: 2/5, 2 RBI,

Tyler Payne: 2/4, 2 RBI

The series is now tied at one game a piece with the rubber match set for 7:35pm Friday night.

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