Chris Fetter scattered three hits over 5 1/3 innings and Allan Dykstra homered Wednesday as the Fort Wayne TinCaps blanked the Burlington Bees, 2-0, to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 Midwest League Championship Series.
Pitching before a crowd of 6,269 in the final game of the year at Parkview Field, Fetter (1-0) struck out four, did not walk a batter and retired the side in order in four of the first five frames.
San Diego's 10th-round pick in this year's Draft was staked to an early lead when Cole Figueroa walked and scored on a wild pitch by Burlington starter Mike Lehmann (0-1) in the second inning.
Nicholas Greenwood followed Fetter by tossing two innings of one-hit ball and Alexis Lara got a pair of outs before Nick Schumacher worked a perfect ninth for his first postseason save.
Dykstra made it 2-0 in the sixth with a blast over the right-field fence as the TinCaps moved within a victory of capturing their first-ever Midwest League title.
Lehmann was charged with a run on three hits and three walks with one strikeout over 2 1/3 innings.
Fernando Garcia collected two hits for the Bees, who went unbeaten in the playoffs en route to capturing last year's crown.
The series shifts to Burlington's Community Field on Thursday for Game 3.
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