Dayton, Ohio (WDTN)—Lake County starter Dace Kime and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Captains defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-0 on Friday night. The Dragons loss ended their first half playoff hopes as West Michigan clinched the wildcard slot in the Eastern Division. The Dragons can still qualify for the playoffs as a second half representative.
Kime tossed six and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. He earned his first win of the season after nine losses.
The Captains scored one run in the third inning and then added three more in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. They closed out the scoring with one run in the sixth. Brian Ruiz led the Lake County attack with two hits and three runs batted in. Ivan Castillo added a double and a triple.
The Dragons best chance to score came in the seventh inning. Phillip Ervin walked with one out and Sebastian Elizalde singled to right. After Daniel Pigott struck out, Tanner Rahier reached on an infield hit to load the bases, but Jon Matthews flied out to right field to end the inning. The Dragons did not have a runner past first over the other eight innings of the game.
The Dragons (35-31) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with the loss. Elizalde had two of the Dragons five hits.
Dragons starting pitcher Ismael Guillon (4-1) suffered the loss. He allowed four runs in four innings on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Dragons host Lake County again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Sal Romano (4-5, 3.42) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Luis Lugo (4-5, 4.56).