Mother Nature wasn’t credited with a save, but Fort Wayne utilized the inclement weather on Sunday to come away with a rain-shortened 4-0 win at Lake County.
The game was called after six innings of play due to torrential rain, whistling wind and tornado-like conditions at Classic Park.
TinCap starter and Ohio native Matt Wisler limited the Captains to just two hits, and Travis Whitmore belted his fourth home run of the year in the shutout effort.
Neither team was able to score in the first two innings as neither Wisler nor Lake County (5-5 second half, 36-43) starter Shawn Morimando (2-2) would yield a run in the early going. In the third inning, Tyler Stubblefield and Felix Cabrera hit back-to-back singles to begin the inning. Stubblefield advanced to third on Cabrera’s single, and then came in to score on a groundout to second by Jace Peterson.
One run was all the advantage Wisler (3-4) would need, as he continued his Buckeye State dominance. Earning the victory on Sunday, he improved his record to 3-0 in the state of Ohio, where he has twirled 17 scoreless innings this season. Sunday he struck out six, allowed two hits and did not walk a batter in six innings of work.
Fort Wayne (7-3, 38-42) tacked on three more runs against Morimando in the sixth inning. Yeison Asencio sent Jace Peterson across the plate on a sacrifice fly, giving the TinCaps a 2-0 advantage. Travis Whitmore then blasted a two-run home run over the wall in right field to make the score 4-0.
Sunday’s action marks the first time all year the TinCaps have not gone to the bullpen, giving Wisler the first complete game by a Fort Wayne pitcher in 2012.