7 is magic number again for TinCaps Fort Wayne on torrid streak in second half.
Alright, Fort Wayne is just getting downright strange with its phenomenal play of late.
The TinCaps scored seven runs for the second straight game Thursday, as they topped South Bend 7-4 in front of 7,658 fans at Parkview Field.
The victory was the sixth straight and seventh in eight games since the start of the second half of the Midwest League season.
In that hot stretch, the TinCaps (33-45, 7-1 second half) have not only won seven games; they not only scored seven runs for the second straight night; but they have averaged seven runs in each of those victories.
The Cubs (40-37, 1-7) jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Fort Wayne starter Will Stillman, but the TinCaps responded with a Fernando Tatis Jr. home run in the third inning against South Bend starter Bryan Hudson to trim their deficit to 3-1.
That score held until the fifth inning, when Fort Wayne exploded offensively against Hudson and Cubs reliever Jared Cheek.
Rod Boykin opened the inning with a double to left field before scoring on an RBI single from A.J. Kennedy to pull to within 3-2.
Tatis Jr. roped a line drive into left field for a single and then Buddy Reed hit a single into right field to load the bases.
Tatis Jr. advanced to third base and Reed to second on a South Bend double play, which was followed by Hudson walking Brad Zunica to load the bases.
Cheek came in to replace Hudson and immediately got into trouble.
He walked Hudson Potts to bring in Tatis Jr., which tied the game at three and then he did the same to Marcus Greene Jr., which scored Reed and put Fort Wayne ahead 4-3. <br> Reinaldo Ilarraza connected for a two-run single into right field for a 6-3 TinCap advantage, which capped the five-run inning.
The Cubs got a run back in the sixth, as Vimael Machin smoked a Stillman pitch over the right-center field wall to pull his team to within 6-4. However, the TinCaps answered right back with their final run in the seventh.
Jorge Ona drew a leadoff walk and then moved to third base on a single by Zunica. Ona then scored on a fielder’s choice.
Tatis Jr. paced Fort Wayne with a couple of hits, while Reed, Zunica, Greene Jr., Ilarraza, Boykin and Kennedy each added hits.
Potts and Ilarraza had a couple of RBIs each.
Stillman (1-1, 6.75 ERA) got the win despite allowing five hits and four earned runs over five innings. He walked just one and totaled six strikeouts.
Will Headean threw a pair of innings in relief and gave up two hits and struck out two, while walking one.
TinCap closer Wilmer Torres got his first save of the season by working the final two innings and giving up no hits or runs, while walking one and striking out two.
Hudson (2-3, 4.41 ERA) took the loss after allowing six hits and five earned runs in 42/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Fort Wayne has now won nine of its last 10 games and shares the best second half record in the Midwest League along with Eastern Division co-leader West Michigan. <br>
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