Held scoreless in the doubleheader opener Saturday, the TinCaps used a six-run fourth inning in the second game to post an 8-7 victory and earn a split with West Michigan at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich.
The victory ended a brief two-game losing streak for the TinCaps (42-26), who close out the four-game series with the Whitecaps (33-36) at 1 p.m. today.
Coming into the second game of the day-night doubleheader, the TinCaps had scored just one run in their last two games against West Michigan pitching. In Saturday’s day game, the TinCaps managed just four hits in a 5-0 loss. The day before, Fort Wayne fell 2-1.
The offense would find a higher gear in the fourth inning of the nightcap.
With Alberth Martinez going to first base on a walk, Dane Phillips reaching on an error and Luis Tejada loading the bases with a single to center, Diego Goris blasted a grand slam home run that knotted the game 4-4.
After Felix Cabrera reached on a fielder’s choice and Brian Adams stayed alive on an error, Mallex Smith hit a two-run single to give the TinCaps a 6-4 lead.
Fort Wayne would take an 8-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but West Michigan scored three runs to get close.
Roman Madrid worked the final inning for the TinCaps. He gave up a pair of hits and a walk as the Whitecaps scored three runs against him. Madrid also struck out two.
Adys Portillo was the starting pitcher for the TinCaps, but lasted only 2 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits and a walk, and four runs.
In the first game, the Whitecaps scored all five of their runs in a nine-batter sixth inning but needed only two hits for the scoring.
Fort Wayne starter Max Fried, delivered the second straight scoreless starting outing for the TinCaps, as he went five innings, allowing five hits, issuing two walks and striking out five.
TinCaps reliever Joe Church entered in the sixth but retired only two batters, with all five of the game’s runs scoring off him. A single, two wild pitches and a throwing error allowed a West Michigan run.
A bases loaded walk and a passed ball made it a 3-0 game, and Danry Vasquez hit a two-run double to send the score to 5-0.