FORT WAYNE – TinCaps starter Justin Hancock watched his team put together a no-hitter Thursday.
In a 6-2 win Friday against the same Great Lakes squad, Hancock had his own big outing.
The right-hander threw seven innings of shutout ball. It was the longest outing by a Fort Wayne starter this season, and it came with four strikeouts, no walks and seven hits.
I was just trying to attack all the hitters, try and get ahead of them and try to get them to roll over on my two-seam (fastball), Hancock said. Everyone’s been throwing well. I just hope we can keep it going.
Fort Wayne, which improved to 13-3 at Parkview Field, kept things going in the home series. The TinCaps (19-13) held Great Lakes (12-21) scoreless in 24 of 27 innings during the sweep.
Fort Wayne won with its hitting in a 6-5 victory Wednesday, its pitching in the 1-0 no-hitter Thursday and a bit of both Friday.
Great execution – pretty much almost a perfect game until the last inning, manager Jose Valentin said. We had a couple errors in there.
The sweep was the TinCaps’ second at home, and the final game featured discipline on the mound from Hancock and at the plate from his team.
The TinCaps’ batting order put the ball in play on all but two of 39 at-bats.
Center fielder Brian Adams and designated hitter Jeremy Baltz were the only players to strike out.
You see the difference when guys just play the game, put the ball in play, Valentin said. We got the guys in with less than two outs from third. We moved the guys over when we had to.
The TinCaps scored four of their six runs in the first four innings and chased Loons starter Carlos Frias after three.
Frias gave up five hits and three earned runs.
Guys were getting in good counts for the most part, second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum said. We knew he had a good slider, so we wanted to try and eliminate that pitch.
Fort Wayne tacked on two in the seventh inning and created a cushion to complement Hancock’s gem.
Genison Reyes came on in the eighth in relief of Hancock but was pulled after a base hit and two walks to load the bases. Chris Nunn entered the game and gave up one run before escaping the jam.
Nunn stayed on in the ninth and allowed one more run.
The TinCaps will start a three-game road series against Dayton today, looking to improve on a 6-10 road record.
You got to play great baseball at home – that’s the most important thing, Tissenbaum said. If you can play pretty well on the road, it’s going to be a pretty good year.
Note: The TinCaps sent reliever John Hussey to Advanced-A club Lake Elsinore, and pitcher Brian Rodriguez transferred to the TinCaps from extended spring training. The documentary Honor Flight will be shown at Parkview Field at 6 p.m. May 27.