Fort Wayne has utilized its power all season and Sunday proved no different, as a late home run lifted the TinCaps to a 4-3 win over Great Lakes in front of 4,172 fans at Dow Diamond.
The Loons (55-56 overall, 20-23 second half) had tied the game at three runs apiece in the third inning, but in the fifth inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. drove a two-out pitch over the left-center field wall for what proved the be the winning run.
Following the sixth inning, rain halted the game for over an hour before it was finally ruled officially over.
Tatis Jr. now has 19 home runs this season, which is tied for second most in the Midwest League and just one shy of the Fort Wayne franchise record.
As a team, the TinCaps are also one home run shy of the franchise record, which was set in 2014.
Another Fort Wayne 54-59, 28-15) blast got the TinCaps' offense started in the second inning, as Brad Zunica hit a lead-off shot to right-center field for a 1-0 lead.
It was Zunica's 18th homer of the year.
Great Lakes answered with a run in the bottom of that inning off of TinCap starter Ronald Bolanos (4-2, 4.18 ERA), but the TinCaps came right back with two runs in the third.
Loons' starter Chris Mathewson (3-3, 3.21 ERA) got the first two Fort Wayne hitters out to start that inning, but Reinaldo Ilarraza smoked a pitch into right field for a double.
Tatis Jr. connected for an RBI single into left field to score Ilarraza, and he advanced to second base on the play at the plate.
Zunica then brought Tatis Jr. home with a single of his own into left field, which put the TinCaps up 3-1.
The lead was short-lived, though, as Great Lakes scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game again.
The Loons got a lead-off walk off of Bolanos, which was followed by a single and another walk, which loaded the bases.
Bolanos then committed a balk to allow one run to score.
Great Lakes hit into a fielder's choice, which tied the game at three.
Bolanos allowed five walks in 52/3 innings of work, but did strike out three. He gave up just two hits, but allowed three earned runs.
Matthewson worked all six innings and gave up four earned runs on six hits, while walking none and striking out nine.
Tatis Jr. and Zunica combined for four hits and as many RBIs, while Ilarraza and G.K. Young each had a hit in the win.
First pitch: Fort Wayne at Great Lakes, today at 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Michel Baez (0.91 ERA) vs. GL/RH Carlos Felix (3.00 ERA)
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