Fort Wayne dominated Great Lakes both offensively and defensively in its 10-0 Midwest League road win on Thursday at Dow Diamond.
It was the second time in three days that the TinCaps put 10 runs across the plate. The offense enjoyed a seven-run fifth inning, while pitchers Frank Garces, James Jones and Johnny Barbato limited the Loons to just four hits.
The Fort Wayne (5-2 second half, 36-41) offensive attack began in the second inning, as the TinCaps knocked in two runs, aided in part by an RBI double off the bat of Austin Hedges.
Great Lakes (3-4, 37-40) starter Ralston Cash stumbled in that frame but advanced to retire the side in order in both the third and fourth innings.
The TinCaps continued to slather on the runs, damaging Cash's ERA with eight runs against the righty in the fifth inning, and nine runs overall in the frame. Eleven batters came to the plate in the inning, with four different Fort Wayne batters picking up at least one RBI. Yeison Asencio launched a two-run home run, Kyle Gaedele and Travis Whitmore each had two-run doubles and Lee Orr added an RBI single. The seven-run inning tied Fort Wayne's season high for the most runs in a single frame. It is the third time the team has accomplished the feat this year.
Leading 9-0, Garces (4-4) took the hill in the bottom of the fifth and retired the side in order. The southpaw faced three batters more than the minimum, as he lowered his ERA from 2.80 to 2.62. He has now won his last three decisions.
Jones pitched three innings and Barbato hurled the ninth for Fort Wayne.
The TinCaps added another run in the ninth as Travis Whitmore led off with a triple to center field, and scored on a throwing error by Loons first baseman O'Koyea Dickson.
Former first-round selection Donavan Tate was promoted by the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
The outfielder was transferred from Fort Wayne to Advanced-A Lake Elsinore of the California League. The third overall pick of the 2009 draft, hit .207 with one home run and 21 RBI in 52 games with Fort Wayne this season.