Ruben Mejia and Bryan Rodriguez did well on the mound for the TinCaps, but it was squandered in a 3-2 loss to the Lake County Captains in Eastlake, Ohio, on Saturday.
Mejia pitched five innings, giving up five hits and three runs, but only one of them was earned. He also struck out two and walked one.
Rodriguez gave up two hits, striking out one and walking another, over three innings in front of 6,490 fans.
With two runs in the top of the fourth, the TinCaps had tied it at 2. Luis Tejada had an RBI triple and Diego Goris had an RBI groundout in that inning.
But the Captains (14-25) responded in bottom of the fifth inning, when Leo Castillo scored on an Erik Gonzalez double.
Things could have been worse, had the TinCaps (24-16) not gotten Gonzalez on a close play at home, thanks to a Corey Adamson throw from right field that turned into a double play.
Adamson was 2 for 3 at the plate with a walk and a strikeout.
Tejada was also 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI.
Fort Wayne’s manager, Jose Valentin, was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing with first base umpire Jason Starkovich. In that inning, Adamson was caught stealing second base and Gabriel Quintana was out on a close play at second.
Fort Wayne totaled eight hits in the game – one more than Lake County – as Jeremy Baltz, Quintana, Diego Goris and Stephen Carmon also got hits.
But Lake County’s pitchers got the job done.
Ryan Merritt went seven innings, allowing two runs and seven hits, while striking out seven and walking none.
His replacement, Francisco Valera, struck out one in a hitless inning.
And Louis Head got the save, though he allowed a hit and walked one in the ninth inning.