FORT WAYNE, IN - The West Michigan Whitecaps experienced the highs and lows of baseball all in one night as part of a 2-1 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field Tuesday night.
The Whitecaps and TinCaps battled throughout the first seven innings without either team scoring a run. West Michigan starter Greg Soto tossed six shutout innings and struck out five, while Fort Wayne pitcher Hansel Rodriguez threw six scoreless frames of his own before each pitcher handed the game off to their respective bullpens.
In the eighth, Jake Robson broke the scoreless tie with an RBI-double to the left-center field gap, scoring Cam Gibson and giving West Michigan a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the TinCaps loaded the bases with nobody out against 'Caps reliever Zac Houston. Reinaldo Ilarraza struck out before Jorge Ona lined into a wild inning-ending double play. Ona laced a pitch to left field, and Cam Gibson slid to make an outstanding catch for the second out of the inning. After the catch, TinCaps pinch-runner Marcus Greene Jr. tagged from third and attempted to score the tying run, but fellow baserunner Rod Boykin never tagged up at second after Gibson's catch. Regardless, the 'Caps had to act fast with Greene Jr. attempting to score, and Gibson threw to third baseman Anthony Pereira for a tag on Boykin just moments before Greene Jr. crossed the plate to end the inning and get West Michigan out of the jam.
Hudson Potts led off the Fort Wayne ninth by reaching on a Danny Pinero throwing error before Fernando Tatis Jr. ripped a game-tying RBI-double to knot the score at one. Later in the frame, Boykin redeemed himself by plating Tatis with a run-scoring single off 'Caps closer Bryan Garcia to help Fort Wayne take game two of the three-game series 2-1 with a walkoff win.
Lou Distasio (1-0) tossed three innings and allowed just one run to earn his first win while Garcia (0-2) allowed both TinCaps runs (one unearned) and took his second loss and blew a save for the second time in five chances this season. The Whitecaps record falls to 6-6, while Fort Wayne improves to 4-8.
The Whitecaps conclude this three-game series from Parkview Field against the Fort Wayne TinCaps Wednesday at 11:05am. Tigers prospect Kyle Funkhouser faces off against Fort Wayne pitcher righty Jesse Scholtens. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 10:55a.m. Tickets can be reserved for any Whitecaps 2017 home contest by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.
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