Jesse Scholtens turned in an outstanding pitching performance Monday but unfortunately the Fort Wayne TinCaps lost 2-0 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Parkview Field. Scholtens pitched a career-high eight innings and didn't allow an earned run while striking out seven.
The Timber Rattlers didn't score on Scholtens until the eighth inning when Jose Cuas hit a two-out triple and scored when a throw by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit him and bounced into the dugout. Scholtens, 1-2, allowed three hits and lowered his earned run average to 2.45 for the season.
Wisconsin added a run in the top of the ninth off of reliever Ben Scheckler.
Fort Wayne squandered scoring opportunities in the first three innings. Tatis led off the first inning with a double and stole third with one out. It was his 7th stolen base of the season. He was stranded at third when Jorge Ona struck out and Hudson Potts grounded out.
Jack Suwinski led off the second inning with a double but was unable to advance as the next three Fort Wayne batters went down in order.
In the third inning Reinaldo Ilarraza drew a two-out walk and promptly stole second. Ona struck out for the second time to end the inning.
The TinCaps got another runner in scoring position in the fifth inning. Webster Rivas singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Once again three batters in a row failed to hit safely and the scoring threat was stopped. Fort Wayne was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base.
Braden Webb held the TinCaps to three hits in 5.2 innings and Cameron Roegner allowed two hits in 3.1 innings. Roegner picked up his second win of the season in three decisions.
Tatis led Fort Wayne with two hits while Suwinski, Brad Zunica and Rivas each contributed one.
The eight innings pitched for Scholtens are the most for any Fort Wayne pitcher this season. Scholtens was efficient with 90 pitches thrown and 66 for strikes.
First pitch: Wisconsin at TinCaps, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday
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