EASTLAKE, OH- The Fort Wayne Tincaps (14-25, 57-51) scored four runs in the final three innings to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-5 victory over the Lake County Captains (19-21, 42-65) on Friday night in front of 3,693 fans at Classic Park. Fort Wayne won the season series 10-8.
The Tincaps jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out in the inning. Right fielder Brian Adams singled home a run and another run came around to score on a failed catch on the cutoff throw. Newly added catcher Miguel Del Castillo grounded out to plate the third run in the inning.
Right-hander Robbie Aviles made the start for the Captains on Friday night. Aviles hiccupped in the second inning but worked through four innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Southpaw Kyle Crockett worked around two base hits in the fifth inning to throw a scoreless frame.
Lake County used a rally in the fifth inning to tie the game. Center fielder LeVon Washington led off with a single and then stole second base. After two outs, catcher Jeremy Lucas walked before designated hitter Richard Stock hit his fifth homerun of the year.
After the game, Stock spoke about his change in attitude at the plate, “I have been seeing good pitches and laying off the bad ones. I try to put myself in good counts.” Stock also mentioned his homerun pitch, “It was a first pitch changeup.”
Tincaps’ starter Matthew Shepherd earned a no-decision with five innings pitched. He allowed three runs on three hits. He walked a season-high six batters and had a season-high five strikeouts.
The Captains took a short-lived 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Left fielder Aaron Siliga split the right-field gap with a two-out double. Washington followed with a RBI single to take the lead.
Right fielder Alberth Martinez tied the game with a solo homerun to left field in the seventh. Martinez now leads the Tincaps with seven homers.
An RBI double by left fielder Luis Domoromo gave the Tincaps their second lead of the game in the eighth inning at 5-4.
DJ Brown, in his fourth inning of work, loaded the bases with three singles and one out. His night was over as he was relieved by Jack Wagoner.
Wagoner gave up a RBI single to third baseman Gabriel Quintana and a sacrifice fly to Domoromo to open the lead 7-4. Wagoner finished with two-thirds perfect innings.
Brown gave up four runs on seven hits in three and one-third innings of work to take the loss.
Matthew Chabot earned the win with three innings of one-run ball.
The Captains brought home one more run on a RBI single by right fielder Logan Vick in the bottom of the ninth but a double play ended the game.
Roman Madrid picked up his sixteenth save in the ninth despite the run allowed. Madrid was activated from the DL prior to the game.
Stock and Washington each led the way with two hit games. Stock now has a 15 game hitting streak.
Tucker spoke about the game quickly, “We had a couple of opportunities but we didn’t get a hit.” Tucker also said good things about Stock, “He has not been missing his pitch. He sees it and puts good swings on them.”
The Captains will welcome the Great Lakes Loons to town for a four game series. RHP Luis Dejesus (4-11, 6.85) will make his twenty-first start of the year for the Captains. LHP Tom Windle (3-0, 1.55) will oppose Dejesus for the Loons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Classic Park.