COMSTOCK PARK, MI - The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored early and often and banged out 18 base hits in a convincing 12-4 over the West Michigan Whitecaps Sunday night at Fifth Third Ballpark in front of a boisterous crowd of 7,207 fans.
The Whitecaps, hoping to get some momentum before the upcoming Midwest League playoffs, could not find any traction against TinCaps starter Lake Bachar and mustered only two hits through the first five innings. Meanwhile, Hudson Potts paced an early Fort Wayne attack by providing a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly off Whitecaps starter Spenser Watkins as part of an early 4-0 lead. Fort Wayne chased Watkins after five innings and pounced on 'Caps reliever Clate Schmidt with four runs in both the sixth and seven innings. West Michigan added two runs of their own in the sixth inning, highlighted by Whitecaps newcomer Daz Cameron's line drive RBI single. Trailing 12-2 the Whitecaps plated their last two runs in the eighth inning courtesy of a Drew Longley double and a Danny Woodrow single.
The TinCaps 18 base hits tied their best performance against the Whitecaps this season. West Michigan could only gather seven hits all night as Longley represented the only Whitecap with a two-hit game. Woodrow also recorded two RBI's in the loss as West Michigan fell for only the 5th time in 18 games against Fort Wayne this year. Watkins (9-3) broke a personal three game win streak by taking the loss, pitching five innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. The Whitecaps lost for only the second time in nine games and fell to 90-45 on the year, and 45-23 in the second half standings. The loss also eliminated the chance for the 'Caps to match the franchise record of 92 wins set in 1997. Bachar (4-1) pitched six innings, surrendering only four hits and two earned runs and took the win for playoff -bound Fort Wayne who improved to 42-27 in the second half and 68-71 overall.
The Whitecaps play the final game of the 2017 regular season Monday at 1:00p.m. Pitcher Tom de Blok gets the start on the mound for the Whitecaps against Fort Wayne righty Reggie Lawson. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty and Mike Coleman begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 12:50p.m. Tickets can be reserved for any Whitecaps 2017 home contest, or the 2017 Midwest League Playoffs by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.
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