The Fort Wayne TinCaps didn't take advantage of an outstanding pitching performance by Pedro Avila and fell to the Great Lakes Loons, 2-1, on Sunday at Parkview Field. Avila allowed one run on four hits in 71/3 innings while striking out 13. The 20-year-old right-hander has 37 strikeouts in his last 211/3 innings pitched.
Cody Thomas, the Loons' center fielder produced the only run against Avila when he hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning.
Fort Wayne tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hudson Potts led off with a single followed by back-to-back walks to Kyle Overstreet and Jack Suwinski to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Buddy Reed drove in Potts with the TinCaps' only run of the game.
Great Lakes took the lead in the top of the ninth without the benefit of a hit. Fort Wayne reliever Dauris Valdez walked Jeren Kendall to start the inning. Kendall stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Chandler Seagle. He was able to score on the play when Reed misplayed the overthrow in center field.
The TinCaps threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Potts and Overstreet started the inning with back-to-back singles. Suwinski attempted a sacrifice bunt but Potts was forced out at third on the play. Loons reliever Andre Scrubb retired the next two batters to get his second save of the season.
Fort Wayne, which didn't have a base runner in the first four innings, out-hit Great Lakes 8-6. Potts led the way with three singles followed by Overstreet with two singles. Other hits were by Nate Easley, Reinaldo Ilarraza and Gabriel Arias. All of the hits were singles.