Michel Baez continued his outstanding pitching Monday with seven scoreless innings in the Fort Wayne TinCaps' 3-1 win over the Great Lakes Loons in Midland, Michigan. Baez improved to 5-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.74. The 6-foot-8, 21-year-old right-hander from Cuba allowed four singles while striking out nine and walking one.
Fort Wayne got started early with a run in each of the first two innings. In the first inning, an RBI-double by Jorge Ona drove in Reinaldo Ilarraza who had singled earlier. Jack Suwinski led off the second inning with a double and scored the TinCaps' second run on Buddy Reed's one-out single.
Neither team scored from the third through the seventh inning. Fort Wayne took a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth with A.J. Kennedy's single providing the run.
Will Headean relieved Baez to start the bottom of the eighth and retired Great Lakes in order.
Mark Zimmerman came in to pitch the ninth and ran into trouble. The Loons scored their only run of the game with two walks and two hits off Zimmerman. Jose Galindo relieved Zimmerman with the bases-loaded and two outs in the ninth. Galindo got Jeren Kendal to ground out to end the game. It was Galindo's first save of the season.
The TinCaps had nine hits led by two each from Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ilarraza. Other hits were by Ona, Suwinski, Reed, Kennedy and Brad Zunica.
Fort Wayne has won four in a row including the first three of this four-game series.
First pitch: TinCaps at Great Lakes, 7:05 tonight
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