Offense wasn't a problem for Fort Wayne in its 2-1 loss to Great Lakes Friday at Parkview Field. It was the timeliness of the offense that left the 6,647 TinCap fans frustrated.
The TinCaps (16-25) cranked out 10 hits against the Loon pitchers, double what Great Lakes mustered. However, Fort Wayne was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners stranded, including a pair in its final at bat.
The lack of offensive production wasted a strong outing by Fort Wayne starter Hansel Rodriguez (1-5, 5.30 ERA), who worked his longest outing of the season.
Rodriguez threw seven innings and allowed just four Great Lakes hits, while walking one and striking out a season-best seven.
Only one of the Loon runs was earned.
The TinCaps got on the board first with a run in their first at bat.
Jack Suwinski reached base on a double to right field and then advanced to third on a Great Lakes (19-22) throwing error. He then came home on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.
The Loons answered quickly, however, with a run in the second inning.
Cody Thomas tripled with a hard-hit ball off of the center field wall and Suwinski couldn't handle it and his throwing error allowed Thomas to race home to tie the game.
Great Lakes' Keibert Ruiz led-off the fifth with a double and moved to third on a fielder's choice.
The Loons took the lead on an RBI single center field, which brought Ruiz home.
Fort Wayne had one last opportunity to send the game into extra innings – or even win it – in the ninth. After TinCap hitters G.K. Young and Rod Boykin opened the inning with a pair of strikeouts by Great Lakes closer Angel German, Nate Easley reached base on a walk.
Fernando Tatis Jr. singled to left field to move Easley to second, but Suwinski ended the threat by striking out.
It was the fifth consecutive game in which Fort Wayne had totaled at least 10 hits, but the last three of those have each been defeats.
Tatis Jr., Suwinski, Jorge Ona, and Hudson Potts each had a pair of hits for Fort Wayne, while Suwinski's double was the lone extra base hit.
Eguy Rosario and Boykin added a hit apiece.
Diomar Lopez closed the game for Fort Wayne with a couple innings of work. He gave up just one hit and walked none, while striking out four.
First pitch: Great Lakes at Fort Wayne, today at 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Ronald Bolanos vs. GL/TBA
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