FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Thursday night's series opener at Parkview Field between the Loons and the Fort Wayne TinCaps was suspended after the eighth inning because the game broke the Midwest League curfew. The Loons lead the TinCaps 17-8, and the teams will resume play in the ninth inning on Friday at 6:05 p.m. EDT.
Midwest League rules mandate an inning cannot start after 12:50 a.m. local time. The eighth inning did not end until 12:55 a.m. on Friday morning.
The game did not start until 9:27 p.m. because a rain delay postponed first pitch by two hours and 22 minutes.
When play resumes on Friday night, the Loons have a chance to tie or break single-game franchise records in both runs and hits. The Loons currently have 17 runs on 24 hits, and the franchise benchmarks are 18 and 25, respectively, set in two different games in 2009. The 24 hits allowed by Fort Wayne ties a TinCaps franchise record.
The Loons batted around twice, in the sixth and again in the eighth, and every batter on the card registered at least two base hits. Four batters tallied three hits each, and switch-hitting catcher Keibert Ruiz totaled four base knocks. The Loons churned out four runs in both the second inning and the sixth, and racked up seven runs in the eighth. Cody Thomas accounted for the only home run on the Loons offensive buffet table. It is the left-handers sixth of the season.
Fort Wayne catcher Webster Rivas, a former Loon, pitched in the eighth inning against his former team.
Following the conclusion of Thursday's suspended game on Friday, the Loons and the TinCaps will play their regularly scheduled game on Friday night at Parkview Field. Right-hander Willian Soto (4-1, 3.65) starts for the Loons against fellow righty Hansel Rodriguez (1-4, 6.28).
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