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Strong start all for naught

TinCaps offense betrays starter in road defeat

– Fort Wayne got another strong outing from starting pitcher Bryan Rodriguez, but the offense couldn’t come through in a 4-1 loss to South Bend on the road Thursday.

Rodriguez went six innings and gave up four hits and two earned runs. But the TinCaps (60-55, 17-29 second half) couldn’t string together enough hits against Silver Hawks starter Kyle Winkler.

Winkler went 6 1/3 for South Bend (72-44, 28-19), which boasts the best overall record in the Midwest League. The TinCaps, meanwhile, continued a slump that has given them the second-worst record in the MWL in the second half.

Fort Wayne went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and made three errors, which brought in one unearned run for South Bend.

An inside-the-park home run by third baseman Diego Goris was the lone highlight for the TinCaps, who haven’t won in South Bend since Aug. 1, 2012. Goris’ fourth home run of the season put Fort Wayne ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning.

South Bend left fielder Alex Glenn got a home run of his own, this one over the wall, in the bottom frame. A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth gave the Silver Hawks a 2-1 lead.

They padded that lead in the sixth by scoring on a missed catch by catcher Rodney Daal and in the eighth on a single by center fielder Breland Almadova off of reliever Jorge Guzman.

Fort Wayne fell to 2-13 against the Silver Hawks this season.

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