The Fort Wayne TinCaps’ seven-game home winning streak came to an end Wednesday with a 9-6 loss to the Lake County Captains. Fort Wayne had not lost at Parkview Field since June 16.
After Lake County scored a run in the top of the first inning, the TinCaps responded with four runs in the bottom of the first. Catcher Marcus Greene Jr. had an RBI-single and third baseman Hudson Potts hit a three-run homer. It was Potts’ 9th home run of the season.
The Captains displayed a consistent offense all night long as they scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings to build an 8-4 lead.
The TinCaps trimmed the margin to 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh. Reinaldo Illaraza led off the inning with a single followed by a walk to Buddy Reed. Jorge Ona’s single to left field drove in Illaraza. The next three batters made outs however to end the inning.
Fort Wayne finally shut down Lake County for the first time in the top of the eighth before scoring a run themselves in the bottom of the inning. Potts led off with a double and scored on a one-out double by G.K. Young to make the score 8-6. Pinch-runner Rod Boykin was stranded at second when Nate Easley grounded out and Illaraza struck out to end the rally.
Lake County added a run in the ninth for the final score. The Captains scored in every inning but the eighth.
Potts was 3-for-4 to lead the TinCaps’ offense. He finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Young was the only other Fort Wayne player with multiple hits as he had a single and a double.
Getting a base hit apiece for the TinCaps were Illaraza, Reed, Ona, Greene, Brad Zunica and Jack Zuwinski.
Fort Wayne made two errors in the game which led to two unearned runs for Lake County. Will Stillman, 1-2, started on the mound for the TinCaps and allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Mark Zimmerman who gave up two runs (one earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Blake Rogers pitched the final two innings and allowed 1 unearned run while striking out four.
First pitch: Lake County at TinCaps, 7:05 tonight
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