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Pitching and power boost TinCaps to home win

Rod Boykin
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Fort Wayne squeaks by Wisconsin late

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 07:39 pm

Fort Wayne got solid pitching from three arms and just enough power from one bat Wednesday to get by Wisconsin 3-2 in front of 7,680 fans at Parkview Field in Midwest League action.

The TinCaps (12-21) snapped their three-game losing streak and it started with a sacrifice fly from Jack Suwinski in the fifth inning, which scored Nate Easley for a 1-0 lead.

The Timber Rattlers (14-16) finally got to Fort Wayne starter Jerry Keel in the seventh inning when a hard-hit ball to third base got by Eguy Rosario and Wisconsin's Caleb Whalen came racing home to tie the game at one run each.

Blake Rogers relieved Keel and another run scored on a fielding error by Easley at second base to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.

The TinCaps responded quickly, however.

Fort Wayne's Rod Boykin drove a first-pitch fast ball over the left field wall to put the TinCaps ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh and TinCap thrower David Bednar earned his third save of the season by not allowing a run in the ninth inning.

The Timber Rattlers got 10 hits in the game, but just one earned run off of Keel, who worked 6 2/3 innings and gave up seven of those hits. He struck out three Wisconsin hitters and walked a couple, but didn't factor in the decision.

Blake Rogers (1-0, 0.00 ERA) threw in the seventh and eighth innings and allowed a pair of Timber Rattler hits and one unearned run, while striking out two.

Rogers struck out a couple of hitters and gave up one hit in his inning of work.
Rosario connected for two Fort Wayne hits, while Boykin, Suwinski, Jorge Ona, G.K. Young, and Webster Rivas each had hits in the win.

Young and Suwinski's hits were each doubles to join Boykin with extra base hits.

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Up next
First pitch: Fort Wayne vs. Beloit, today at 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Austin Smith vs. B/LH Ty Damron
Radio: ESPN 1380 AM and 100.9 FM
TV: Comcast channel 81

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