Captains Report: Jimenez, bullpen fall flat

GREAT LAKES LOONS – 10, LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS – 4

The Captains fell to the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday night after a 2 hour and 17-minute rain delay. The teams played into the night as the game ended up lasting 3 hours and 12 minutes and ended at 12:29 a.m. Friday morning. Lake County didn’t produce enough offense, as they ended up with four runs on seven hits and the defense committed two errors. The Captains pitchers gave up 13 hits in the game. 

Luis Jimenez Struggles

Captains starting pitcher Luis Jimenez struggled in the Captains’ loss. In his sixth start of the season for Lake County, he went four innings and gave up three earned runs to go along with no walks and four strikeouts. His ERA rose from 4.68 to 4.97. The bright spot for Jimenez in this one was that he didn’t walk a batter. He has had command issues in his career so this was a step in the right direction for the right hander. This season, Jimenez has averaged 3.96 walks per nine innings and he averaged 5.07 walks per nine innings last season. 

Jimenez was signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent in 2013. He has had a subpar career so far as he owns a 12-23 career mark with a 4.33 ERA in 60 appearances (44 starts). Jimenez has struggled this season, his first in Lake County, but he is trending in the right direction. In his last start on June 24th, he went six innings, giving up four hits and no earned runs. He also walked just two batters and struck out eight. He has a 1-2 record this season with a 4.97 ERA in 29 innings pitched. He also has 37 strikeouts compared to 11 walks. 

Jimenez: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 67 pitches (47 strikes)

Emmanuel Tapia continues his strong 2017 campaign

Captains first baseman Emmanuel Tapia had a good night at the plate on Thursday as he went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and a run scored. He continues to swing a hot bat. In his last 10 games, he is batting .243 with five home runs and nine RBIs to go along with five walks. 

Tapia was signed by the Indians as an international free agent in 2013. The 21-year-old has put together a solid career so far between Mahoning Valley and Lake County. He owns a career batting average of .253 to go along with 31 home runs, 127 RBIs and 83 walks in 266 career games. This season, his first in Lake County, Tapia has compiled a .236 batting average with 17 home runs, 46 RBIs and 18 walks. 

Tapia: 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk

Up Next

The Captains begin a four game series at home against the Bowling Green Hot Rods who are 34-41 on the season and have lost four of their last six games.

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