Ninth-inning rally falls short for TinCaps

A ninth-inning rally fell short for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in a 4-2 loss to the South Bend Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. South Bend swept the three-game series at Parkview Field.

Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, back-to-back doubles by Brad Zunica and Webster Rivas to lead off the inning trimmed South Bend’s lead to 4-2. A walk to Jack Suwinski put the tying run on first. However the TinCaps were unable to capitalize as a ground out by Rainaldo Ilarraza and strikeouts by Fernando Tatis Jr. and and Jorge Ona ended the game.

Fort Wayne got an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. A single by Ona drove in Tatis, who had reached base on an error.

Jesse Scholtens started on the mound for the TinCaps and shut down the Cubs for five innings. South Bend got to Scholtens in the sixth with consecutive singles to start the inning that put runners on first and third. A stolen base by Zack Short put both runners in scoring position. After Scholtens struck out Luis Ayala, Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras chose to intentionally walk Alberto Mineo to load the bases.

David Bednar replaced Scholtens and Wladimir Galindo greeted him with a run-scoring single to tie the game at 1. Bednar retired the next two hitters to limit the damage.

The score remained 1-1 until the top of the eighth inning when the Cubs erupted for three runs against reliever Mark Zimmerman. Chris Pieters had an RBI-single and Kevonte Mitchell a two-run triple in the inning.

Scholtens allowed one earned run in 5 1/3 innings. The right hander allowed three hits and struck out six in his second strong outing in as many starts this season.

Bednar pitched 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout. After a rough eighth inning, Zimmerman (0-1) bounced back and retired South Bend in order in the ninth.

Ona was the only Fort Wayne player with multiple hits with two singles. Other hits were by Suwinski, Buddy Reed, Eguy Rosario, G.K. Young, Zunica and Rivas. <br>

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First pitch: TinCaps at Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m. Thursday

Probable starters: FW/LHP Logan Allen; BG/LHP Brock Burke

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