The Fort Wayne TinCaps opened a 7-game road trip Thursday with a 7-5 win over the Great Lakes Loons in 11 innings at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan. Fort Wayne scored three runs in the top of the 11th against the Loons' backup catcher Stevie Berman who had been inserted into pitch in the 10th.
Berman, 22, who hadn't pitched since high school, held Fort Wayne scoreless in the 10th but ran into trouble in the 11th. After striking out Rod Boykin to start the inning, Berman issued a walk to Jack Suwinski and consecutive singles to Reinaldo Ilarraza and Jorge Ona. Suwinski scored on Ona's single to give the TinCaps a 5-4 lead. Luis Paz replaced Berman on the mound at the point and Hudson Potts greeted him with a single to center which scored Ilarraza and Ona.
David Bednar allowed a run in the bottom of the 11th before securing his first win of the season. It was the only run Bednar allowed in three innings while striking out four and giving up only one hit.
The teams were scoreless until the fifth inning when Fort Wayne scored twice to take the lead. Suwinski drove in both runs with a single to center that scored Marcus Greene Jr. and Boykin, who each had singled earlier in the inning.
Logan Allen started on the mound for the TinCaps and pitched no-hit no-run ball for five innings while striking out seven and walking three. Emmanuel Ramirez replaced Allen in the bottom of the sixth and gave up three runs. The big blow was a two-run homer by Cody Thomas that gave the Loons a 3-2 lead.
Ramirez allowed another run in the seventh before being replaced with one out by former Fort Wayne Mastodons' pitcher Evan Miller, who made his 2017 season debut. Great Lakes' Saige Jacobs was caught stealing for the second out of the inning and Miller got Brandon Davis to ground out to retire the side.
Fort Wayne tied the score at 4 with 2 runs in the eighth. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Brad Zunica had RBI-doubles in the inning.
Miller held the Loons scoreless in the eighth to keep the score tied. His final pitching stats for the night were no runs on one hit in 1 2/3 innings pitched with one strikeout.
Ilarraza had three hits to lead the TinCaps' 13-hit attack. Suwinski, Ona and Potts collected two hits each. Other hits were by Tatis, Zunica, Greene and Boykin.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Thursday that North Side graduate Zach McKinstry has been promoted to High-A Rancho Cucamonga after a hot start at Great Lakes.
McKinstry had been hitting .371 for Great Lakes with four doubles. He hit his first professional home run Saturday.
An infielder, McKinstry was a 33rd-round pick by the Dodgers out of Central Michigan last summer.
First pitch: TinCaps at Great Lakes, 6:05 p.m. Friday
Probable starters: FW/LHP Jerry Keel; GL/RHP A.J. Alexy
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