In baseball, when your opponent shows up ready to mash, you better prepare for a shootout. When the other team’s starting pitcher is throwing darts, you better prepare for a pitcher’s duel.

When both of those things happen, it’s going to get really ugly, really fast.

In baseball, when your opponent shows up ready to mash, you better prepare for a shootout. When the other team’s starting pitcher is throwing darts, you better prepare for a pitcher’s duel.

When both of those things happen, it’s going to get really ugly, really fast.

The Fort Wayne TinCaps’ (17-30) losing streak dropped to four games last night, as they fell 10-0 to the West Michigan Whitecaps (32-14). Whitecap starter Anthony Castro (3-1) tossed six shutout innings with an astonishing 12 strikeouts and first baseman Blaise Salter went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to give West Michigan a series sweep.

TinCaps third baseman Hudson Potts and first baseman GK Young each doubled, but it was an otherwise unremarkable game for Fort Wayne, as the team only managed four hits; nobody in the lineup managed more than one hit. Starting pitcher Austin Smith (2-3) only lasted two innings in which he surrendered six runs, with reliever Will Headean pouring gas on the fire by adding four more runs in his four innings.

For West Michigan, all three of Salter’s hits were RBI doubles and left fielder Danny Woodrow added three hits and a pair of RBI of his own. But the real story was Castro, who stranded three hits and two walks in his third win of the year, with a K to BB ratio of six for this start.

The Whitecaps head to Ohio for a weekend showdown with the Dayton Dragons, whom they lead by a single game atop the Midwest League Eastern Division standings. The TinCaps, trailing West Michigan by 15.5 games now, prepare to host the South Bend Cubs in a battle of Hoosier State Single-A squads.