The TinCaps got off to a poor start and, while they made a late push, they couldn’t fully recover in a 10-5 loss to the Lake County Captains, in front of 7,757 fans at Parkview Field tonight.
Jeffery Enloe had been dependable in his first six starts for the TinCaps, never failing to go at least five innings and never giving up more than four runs or six hits.
But in back-to-back games, both against the Captains, it’s been a different story.
Not to put it all on him – the TinCaps have lost 7 of 10 – but there are four more games against the Captains this season, and Lake County may salivate at the prospect of again facing Enloe, nicknamed “Coins” because of his resemblance to San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner.
The Captains shelled Enloe 12-6 victory at Parkview Field on Aug. 10. In that game, he gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings. He didn’t allow any home runs in that game, but that certainly wasn’t the case Saturday.
Things didn’t start out well – Ivan Castillo and Clint Frazier led the game off with back-to-back singles – but Enloe got out of the inning. In the second, though, Sicnarf Loopstok and Brian Ruiz had back-to-back home runs into leftfield for a 2-0 lead.
In the third, after a runners reached on a pair of walks and a throwing error by second baseman Reynaldo Bruguera, Mike Papi had a three-run home run to right field for a 6-0 lead.
Enloe pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs and eight hits, while walking two, before he was replaced by Tyler Wood.
Wood’s luck wasn’t much better. In the fourth, he was victimized by four hits – and he hit a batter – and Nellie Rodriguez scored off a fielder’s choice, after an RBI single of his own, to make it 8-0.
But the TinCaps finally answered in the bottom of the inning, when Ronnie Richardson hit a home run to leftfield. And in the sixth, a Richardson sacrifice fly brought home Nick Schulz, cutting into Lake County’s lead at 10-2.
The TinCaps continued to try and come back in the eighth, when they scored three runs; Fernando Perez had a two-run single, then scored on a Jake Bauers sacrifice fly.