BURLINGTON, Iowa -- With a combination of strong pitching, sound defense, and timely hitting, the TinCaps beat the Burlington Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), 5-1, on Thursday night at Community Field.
Jim McDade (W) allowed an opposite-field, wind-aided home run to the second batter he faced, Jordan Zimmerman, but didn't let that deter him. McDade kept Burlington (9-12, 40-50) off the board for the next six innings. In his seven frames on the mound, the right-hander from Pennsylvania struck out six without a walk. He threw 82 pitches -- 61 of which went for strikes.
McDade's counterpart, Jose Suarez, was quite impressive in his own right. The 19-year-old lefty limited Fort Wayne (14-7, 40-51) to just one hit and a walk in five innings.
But the TinCaps took advantage of the Bees' bullpen. Right fielder Nate Easley greeted reliever Ty Barkell (L) in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double. Then with two outs, second baseman Reinaldo Ilarraza drew a walk. Left fielder Jorge Ona took advantage of the opportunity by belting a double to the gap in left-center field to bring both runners in. First baseman Brad Zunica followed with a single to plate Oña and make it 3-1.
In the eighth, third baseman Hudson Potts scorched a two-out single to center that brought home Ilarraza, who singled, and Oña, who walked. The 18-year-old Potts finished with a game-high three hits.
Hansel Rodriguez followed McDade with a perfect eighth and ninth.
Friday, July 14 @ Burlington (7:30 p.m.)
- TinCaps Probable Starter: RH Reggie Lawson
- Bees Probable Starter: RH Joe Gatto
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