COMSTOCK PARK — Jason Krizan has been on a tear since coming off the disabled list June 28.
The West Michigan Whitecaps left fielder was 3-for-3 with three runs scored Thursday night to lead the Whitecaps to a 5-1 win over the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Ballpark.
Krizan has 10 hits in his last four games dating back to July 1.
“He (Krizan) has been swinging the bat pretty well the last few games,” noted West Michigan manager Ernie Young. “With a little more playing time after he came back from his concussion he’s been swinging the bat really well.”
Krizan scored the only run of the second inning when he walked and came home on a double play. He singled in the fourth and scored on Jeff Maggard’s RBI single, then got an RBI single in the three-run fifth inning, scoring on Pat Leyland’s RBI single.
“I got some pitches to hit and I didn’t miss them,” Krizan said.
Whitecaps starting pitcher Marcelo Carreno did the rest, holding Lake County to just three hits in seven innings while fanning two and walking one for the win.
“He (Carreno) pitched pretty well,” Young said. “Much better this time out than his last outing. He competed very well and gave us seven strong innings.”
Carreno was tagged for four runs in two innings against the Captains Saturday night in Lake County.
“He (Carreno) was fantastic. He was pounding the zone with most of his pitches,” Krizan said of Carreno’s game Thursday. “You couldn’t ask for much better, especially in the heat. He kept his cool. That’s the kind of start you want out of your starting pitcher,”
Cody Anderson took the loss for Lake County after allowing Krizan’s run. He lasted only three innings, scattering just two hits, walking two and striking out two.
Anderson didn’t get much run support, as the only run allowed was on doubles by Patrick Tolentino and Todd Hankins in the eighth inning off reliever Michael Torrealba. Lake County was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
West Michigan has been inconsistent with hitting in the month of July. In the first game against Great Lakes July 1, they had 13 hits in an 8-5, 10-inning win. That was followed by two hits the next day and 13 more in the series finale. The ‘Capshad eight hits in Wednesday’s loss and 10 more Thursday.
“It’s baseball. That’s really how it works,” Krizan said. “Some days everybody has their game and some days everybody doesn’t.”
The third game of the series is tonight, with Jeff Ferrell taking the mound for West Michigan against Shawn Morimando.