Lake County rallied twice in its Midwest League game with Fort Wayne Tuesday in front of 1,362 fans at Classic Park. However, both times the TinCaps answered with more offense and eventually prevailed 5-4.
The victory snapped a two-game skid for Fort Wayne (24-41) and lifted it out of the cellar in the Eastern Division standings, where the Captains (23-41) now reside.
The TinCaps grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Lake County scored in the third inning off of Fort Wayne starter Adrian De Horta to tie the game at one.
The Captains scored two more times in their next at bat to build a 3-1 margin, but Fort Wayne responded with a pair of runs in the sixth to tie the game at three, and then took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning.
This time, it was Lake County that answered with a tying run in the bottom of the seventh, but Fort Wayne slugger Brad Zunica sealed the win with a solo home run off of Lake County reliever Henry Martinez (1-2, 4.62 ERA), who took the loss.
The home run was Zunica's ninth, which leads Fort Wayne.
The TinCaps got another home run from Hudson Potts in the second inning to open their scoring, and then got to Lake County starter Luke Jimenez in the sixth inning.
Reinaldo Ilarraza singled on a line drive to right field with one out in the inning and then stole second, before advancing to third on a Captain throwing error.
Jorge Ona reached base after being hit by a pitch and then Ilarraza scored as G.K. Young reached on another Lake County error.
The Captains totaled five errors in the game.
With two outs, Zunica hit a pitch into left field to score Ona.
Nate Easley opened the seventh inning for the TinCaps with a single to center field and took second on a fielder's choice. Ilarraza connected for an RBI single to center field to bring home Easley.
Zunica not only had the big hit in the win, but the most, as well. He had three hits for a pair of RBIs, while Ilarraza added a couple of hits and Potts and Easley had one hit each.
De Horta worked six innings, but didn't factor in the decision. He allowed five hits and three earned runs, while walking two and striking out four.
Hansel Rodriguez is amidst a transition from the TinCap rotation to the bullpen and had a solid outing in relief.
He earned the win by throwing the final three innings and giving up just one hit and one earned run.
Rodriguez (3-6, 5.47 ERA) struck out five, while walking none.
First pitch: Fort Wayne at Lake County, today at 12 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Jim McDade (2.92 ERA) vs. LC/RH Micah Miniard (5.32 ERA)
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