Fort Wayne went 18-4 to finish the first half of its season and finish second in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
The second half has brought the TinCaps back to reality.
Fort Wayne fell 12-6 to West Michigan on Sunday at Parkview Field. It broke a three-game losing streak for the Whitecaps (35-39) and gave the TinCaps (44-29) a 1-3 record in the second half.
Through those four games, Fort Wayne has been outscored 25-9. And for just the second time since May 24-25, the TinCaps dropped consecutive games.
West Michigan unleashed a barrage of 15 hits, but started its scoring thanks to an error in the top of the third inning. After a dropped fly ball by center fielder Brian Adams what should have been a 1-2-3 inning and a 3-0 TinCaps lead turned into an eight at-bat frame and a 3-run tie.
Three innings later, it was 9-3.
A Fort Wayne squad that had four hits and three runs in the first inning managed just five hits in the final eight innings. Three of the TinCaps' runs came in the eighth inning, when West Michigan already had a nine-run lead.
Shortstop Jared Reaves went 4 for 5 for the Whitecaps on Sunday, and right fielder Jake Stewart launched a three-run home run in the sixth inning to help widen the margin.