Your Fort Wayne TinCaps got a much-needed series win against the Lake County Captains, as they picked up two crucial victories and saddled the Captains with the burden of being the team with the league’s worst record.
Newly-minted Midwestern League All-Stars Jorge Ona and Fernando Tatis, Jr. of Fort Wayne justified their selections in this series, as Ona tagged Lake County pitching for five hits and Tatis made the SportsCenter Top 10 with a pair of outstanding catches.
GAME 1: Captains 2, TinCaps 1
Both teams made a lot of noise but couldn’t translate it into action in this one, as a 13-inning duel with a combined 16 hits between the two teams resulted in only three combined runs.
A pair of doubles by Lake County outfielders Junior Soto and Todd Isaacs in the top of the 13th made the difference, and reliever Ben Krauth (4-2) tossed a pair of scoreless innings for the win.
Tatis was Fort Wayne’s Mr. Everything in this game, as he picked up two hits, got the TinCaps’ only run to score off of a double play, and made the first of his sensational catches. Reliever Diomar Lopez (0-1) carried the load for the bullpen with 3 quality innings despite surrendering the game-winning hits.
GAME 2: TinCaps 4, Captains 2
Extra bases made all the difference for the TinCaps in this one, as four of their eight hits were doubles. Two of them came from designated hitter GK Young, and Ona backed him up with two hits and two runs. Fort Wayne starting pitcher Mason Thompson (1-2) was excellent in this game, with only four baserunners and one run allowed against six strikeouts in five innings.
Captains first baseman Emmanuel Tapia hit his tenth homer of the season, the second highest total in the league in that department. Lake County couldn’t get much else, though, as starting pitcher Luis Jimenez (0-1) was rocked early and often, to the tune of five hits, four runs, and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.
GAME 3: TinCaps 7, Captains 3
All the action in this one came in the bottom of the fourth, as the TinCaps exploded for six runs and never looked back. Catcher AJ Kennedy drove in three runs and outfielder Rod Boykin drove in two to back up starting pitcher Hansel Rodriguez (2-6). It was Rodriguez’s first win since April 30, and he tallied eight strikeouts in five innings, despite allowing three runs and six hits.
Lake County third baseman Gavin Collins launched a solo homer but no Captains hitter managed more than a single hit. Starting pitcher Micah Miniard (1-6) was perfect through three innings before collapsing in the fourth, yielding six runs on five hits and two walks.
Despite improving their record on the year to 21-39, the TinCaps are only ahead of the 20-38 Captains by virtue of a higher winning percentage; nonetheless, it’s Lake County’s turn to wear the “worst team in the league” mantle for a while. Both teams trail the division-leading West Michigan Whitecaps by 18 1/2 games.
Fort Wayne will be back home this weekend for a three-game set with the Lansing Lugnuts. It’ll be a showdown between the children of ex-MLB veterans as Tatis goes up against Lugnuts third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.