Another strong pitching performance led the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 5-1 win over the Burlington Bees on Thursday. It was the second game in a row that Fort Wayne held Burlington to 1 run as the TinCaps took the first of the three-game series at Community Field in Burlington, Iowa, 8-1 on Wednesday.
Jim McDade allowed one run on five hits in seven innings to pick up his second win of the season in three decisions. The only run the 24-year-old right-hander allowed was a solo homer by Jordan Zimmerman in the first inning. McDade struck out six.
Hansel Rodriguez pitched the final two innings and retired all six batters he faced while striking out three.
Trailing 1-0, Fort Wayne finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. A two-run double by Jorge Ona and an RBI-single by Brad Zunica gave the TinCaps a 3-1 lead. Ona’s hit extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Fort Wayne added two runs in the eighth. Hudson Potts had a two-run single in the inning. It was the 18-year-old’s game-high third hit of the game.
Nate Easley also had a multiple-hit game for the TinCaps with a double and a triple. Other hits were by Reinaldo Ilarraza, Ona and Zunica.
Fort Wayne has won four in a row and five of its last six. They are 21-12 over their last 33 games after starting 19-39.
The TinCaps, 14-7 in the second half, are in second place in the Eastern Division trailing West Michigan by 11/2 games.
First pitch: TinCaps at Burlington, 7:30 tonight
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