Fort Wayne pounded out 14 hits and turned those into 10 runs Monday, as it dominated Lansing 10-2 in front of 2,291 fans at Cooley Law School Stadium in Midwest League action.
The TinCaps (14-23) got on the board in their initial at bat, which started with a leadoff single from Fernando Tatis Jr.
Tatis Jr. stole second base and then moved over to third on a fielder's choice. Fort Wayne's Jorge Ona got the first of his three RBIs on the night by driving Tatis Jr. in on a ground out for a 1-0 Fort Wayne lead.
The Lugnuts (19-15) answered quickly with a home run from Bradley Jones off of Fort Wayne starter Jerry Keel (2-2, 3.46 ERA), but that was just about all that Keel allowed.
He worked seven innings and gave up just six hits and a couple of earned runs, while walking two and striking out six.
Fort Wayne stretched its margin to 5-1 in the third inning when Tatis Jr. reached on triple to right field off of Lansing starter Mike Ellenbest (1-3, 6.75 ERA).
Tatis Jr. scored on a two-run homer from Ona, which was followed by a triple by Hudson Potts.
Stunningly, that triple was followed by yet another three-bagger, this one from Jack Suwinski, which scored Potts. Suwinski came home courtesy of an RBI single from Eguy Rosario.
The TinCaps added another four runs in the fourth inning for a 9-1 advantage.
Marcus Greene Jr. led off the inning with a walk ad then advanced to second base on a single from Nate Easley.
Tatis Jr. got another hit (a single) to load the bases, which was followed by an RBI single from Reinaldo Ilarraza.
Potts connected for an RBI single which scored Easley and Tatis Jr. and then Ilarraza scored on a passed ball.
Lansing got its second run off of Keel in the fourth, but that was it, as the Lugnuts managed just six hits in the game.
The TinCaps added one final run in the sixth inning, as Ona reached on a single to centerfield and then advanced to second on a single from Potts. He then scored on an RBI single to center field by Suwinski.
Potts paced the Fort Wayne offense with four hits, one run and a couple of RBI, while Tatis Jr. (three runs, three hits), Ilarraza (one hit, one run, one RBI), Ona (two hits, two runs, three RBI), Suwinski (two hits, one run, two RBI), Rosario (one hit, one RBI), Greene Jr. (one run, two walks), and Easley (one run, one hit) also contributed in the victory.
Diomar Lopez closed the game for the TinCaps by throwing a couple of innings and not allowing a run or a hit. He walked one and struck out two.
First pitch: Fort Wayne at Lansing, today at 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/LH Logan Allen (2.17 ERA) vs. L/RH Andy Ravel (6.39)
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