DAYTON, Ohio – Lake County’s Richard Stock hit a home run and drove in four runs to lead the Captains to a 5-1 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night.
Stock gave the Captains a 3-0 lead with his first home run of the season in the fourth inning with two men aboard. The blast to right field came with one out.
The Dragons scored their only run of the night in the fifth when Gabriel Rosa lined a home run to left field, his first of the year, to make it 3-1. But Lake County answered with two runs in the sixth to push their lead to 5-1. Stock’s run-scoring single brought in the first run of the inning, and the second came across on a wild pitch to close out the scoring.
Dragons starting pitcher Sal Romano (4-6) suffered the loss. He worked five and one-third innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs with one walk and five strikeouts.
The Dragons finished with six hits by six different players. Sebastian Elizalde and Phillip Ervin each had doubles along with the homer by Rosa.
Lake County starting pitcher Luis Lugo beat the Dragons for the second time in six days. He struck out seven over five innings without issuing a walk. He allowed just three hits and one run.
The Dragons (35-32) have lost the first two games of the series with Lake County after sweeping a three-game set with Bowling Green. The Dragons host the Captains on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field in the final game of the first half. Layne Somsen (1-1, 1.17) will start for the Dragons while Mitch Brown (0-6, 5.00) will start for Lake County.
Notes: The game featured one of the most unusual plays of the season in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and the bases empty, Dayton’s Sebastian Elizalde hit a ground ball up the middle for a hit. As Lake County center field Clint Frazier came in to field the grounder, Elizalde rounded first and raced for second. Frazier’s throw to second sailed high and went to the fence in front of the Dayton (third base) dugout, allowing Elizalde to go to third. When Lake County catcher Richard Stock retrieved the ball, Elizalde saw that home plate was not covered, and he sprinted in to try to score, creating a foot race between Elizalde and the Lake County catcher. But Stock beat Elizalde to the base line and tagged him out to end the play and the inning.