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Captains erupt for 12 unanswered runs in 12-4 win over Lugnuts

Lake County Captains

April 20, 2024 – Midwest League (MWL)
Lake County Captains News Release

EASTLAKE, OH – After trailing 4-0 after the top of the first inning, the Lake County Captains (6-7) stormed back with 12 unanswered runs over the next three innings to earn a 12-4 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts ( 6 -8) on Saturday evening at Classic Auto Group Park in Eastlake.

The Captains posted season highs of both 12 runs and 15 hits, and now have a chance to split this week’s series with a win tomorrow. All nine Lake County batters reached base, and eight of the nine had at least one hit.

1B CJ Kayfus led the Captains with four game-high hits, extending his RBI streak to a Midwest League-best six games (tied) with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning. He also extended his hitting streak to six games.

RHP Zach Jacobs (2-0) earned his second win of the season for Lake County, pitching 4.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts, allowing just two hits and one walk. Jacobs replaced RHP Carter Spivey who was making his third career Minor League appearance. Spivey allowed three hits, four earned runs and four walks while not striking out in just 0.2 innings of work.

The Captains started their scoring with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. 2B Nate Furman hit a two-run single up the middle and eventually scored on a wild pitch, Kayfus hit his aforementioned RBI single and C Cooper Ingle hit an RBI groundout to give the Captains a 5-4 lead, which was not would admit.

Furman struck again in the bottom of the third, hitting an RBI single for his third RBI of the game to make it 6-4. The 2022 fourth-round pick extended his team-best hitting streak to seven games with three hits on the night.

One batter later, the Captains began a stretch of three home runs in four at-bats when CF Jake Fox, MLB Pipeline’s No. 18 Cleveland prospect, paced his first home run of the season to extend Lake County’s lead to 9-4 .

Then Ingle and 3B Maick Collado started the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back home runs on two consecutive pitches, extending the lead to 11-4. With two outs in the frame, DH Tyresse Turner drove an RBI single to shallow center field for the final run of the game.

In terms of pitching, the Captains’ bullpen trio of Jacobs, RHP Alaska Abney and RHP Jay Driver threw a combined season-high 8.1 shutout innings of relief. Abney fanned four while allowing one hit in two frames. Ultimately, Driver pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out a pair.

First pitch for this week’s six-game series finale between the Captains and Lugnuts is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Lake County hosts Family Fun Sunday, presented by Classic Auto Group, with pregame player autographs and catch-on on the field, plus postgame kids running the bases. The game will be broadcast on both the Bally Live app and MiLB.TV, with social media coverage courtesy of @LCCaptains on both X and Instagram.

Notes to know

– Lake County’s 12 runs in the second, third and fourth innings are tied for the third most in a three-inning span in the past 10 years (14, 8/2/2015 vs. Great Lakes; 13, 5/23/2015 2023 in West Michigan; 7/16/2021 vs. LAN 12, 8/2/2015 vs. Great Lakes).

– The Captains hit at least three home runs in a game for the second time this season. Lake County hit a season-best four in a 7-2 win at Fort Wayne on April 9.

– CJ Kayfus’ four hits were the most by a captain since MLB Pipeline’s No. 28 Chase DeLauter had four in a 3-2 loss at Cedar Rapids on August 30, 2023.

– Nate Furman went 3-for-5 with three RBI, extending his hitting streak to seven games, the second-longest active streak in the Midwest League. The 22-year-old has recorded a lead-off single in each of the last three games of this series.

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