The TinCaps dropped their series opener at West Michigan, 5-2, on Friday at Comstock Park, Michigan, after allowing all five runs in a single inning.
Fort Wayne (17-23, 47-62 overall) scored two runs in the fifth when Henry Charles singled and Ray Bruguera doubled. Josh VanMeter grounded out to the Whitecaps shortstop to bring in Charles. Trea Turner hit a grounder to bring home Bruguera.
The TinCaps retired starter Ronaldo Herrera after five scoreless innings and brought in reliever Josh Richardson (1-2).
Richardson faced six batters in the sixth, allowing five hits and a walk, including a two-run double from West Michigan’s Jeff Holm. Those proved to be the decisive runs which put the Whitecaps (27-13, 68-42) ahead for good.
Jorge Guzman and Nick Mutz combined for three scoreless innings at the end.
West Michigan starter Austin Kubitza pitched five innings, allowing the two runs but striking out 9. The Whitecaps relievers, Joe Mantiply (6-3) and Zac Reininger, combined for six more strikeouts over four innings.
The TinCaps continue their series at West Michigan starting at 7 p.m. today.