Fort Wayne reliever Nick Monroe only allowed one hit by a Great Lakes hitter Sunday at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich., however, that hit was a home run by Luis Paz in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the host Loons to a 5-4 win in Midwest League action in front of 1,677 fans.
The two teams battle back and forth throughout the afternoon, as the TinCaps (7-10) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, as G.K. Young singled home Buddy Reed for a 1-0 lead.
That margin was short-lived, as Great Lakes (6-11) answered with a pair of runs off of Fort Wayne starter Will Headen.
Paz singled to center field to score Keibert Ruiz, with Gage Green advancing to second. A fly ball to center field and Fort Wayne error allowed Green to score for a 2-1 Loon lead.
Great Lakes added another run in the third inning, but Fort Wayne tied the game at three runs in the top of the fourth inning on a home run from Young that also brought home Eguy Rosario.
Both teams added another run in the fifth inning, as TinCap left fielder Rod Boykin drove a 0-1 pitch off of Great Lakes starter Leo Crawford over the right field fence.
That ended the offense for both teams until Paz's game-winning hit.
Young paced the TinCap offense with a pair of hits and three RBIs, while Hudson Potts, Rosario Webster Rivas and Boykin also notched hits.
Headen worked six innings and didn't earn a decision after allowing seven hits and three earned runs. He walked a pair of Loons, while striking out five.
Monroe (0-1, 2.19 ERA) took the loss after 2 1/3 innings.
Sven Schuller (1-0, 2.70 ERA) got the victory in throwing 1 2/3 innings and giving up just one Fort Wayne hit. He struck out three TinCaps and walked none.
First pitch: Fort Wayne at West Michigan, today at 6:35 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Hansel Rodriguez vs. WM/LH Greg Soto
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