River Bandits RHP Jose Hernandez struck out 13 batters and walked none in six scoreless innings Saturday, leading Quad Cities to a 2-0 win over Lake County after the Captains won the first game of their doubleheader 2-1.
Hernandez is 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 15 walks in 81.1 innings (17 games/14 starts) for the River Bandits this season. He is 3-0 with a 1.49 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his last 10 appearances (54.1 innings).
Captains centerfielder Nathan Lukes hit two solo homers in the first game, including a walk-off shot in the bottom of the 8th inning. (Midwest League doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games.)
Lukes is batting .301 with two homers, seven triples, 18 doubles, 25 runs batted in, and 14 stolen bases in 80 games with the Captains this season.
Mejia’s hitting streak at 35 games
Former Captains catcher Francisco Mejia went 3-for-6 with a solo homer for the Lynchburg Hillcats on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to 35 games.
Mejia’s hitting streak — the first 24 games of which were in the Midwest League — is the longest in Minor League Baseball this year.
Mejia wasn’t the only former Captains player to do well in Lynchburg’s 15-4 win Saturday. Most notably, outfielder Anthony Santander drove in six runs by slugging a pair of homers (a grand slam and a two-run shot). Five Hillcats players each collected three hits, and three others each had two hits. You can see the game’s box score here.