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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:20 pm

Game 12: TinCaps (3-8) vs. West Michigan (6-5)

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Although the TinCaps lost Monday's series opener against West Michigan at Parkview Field, manager Anthony Contreras said the team returned home this week with more confidence after an offensive breakout in Saturday's 12-7 win at Bowling Green. Players had extra time to enjoy that success because they were off Sunday for Easter.

"We had a good bus ride home," Contreras said. "They were in good spirits. What are we, like 11 games in? They're building off that Saturday game in Bowling Green where they put up a lot of hits, and all we can ask them is to keep improving like they are."

Hansel Rodriguez starts the second game of the series against West Michigan. He pitched five innings against South Bend in his season debut April 10 and has not pitched since. The 20-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and six hits against the Cubs.

Left-hander Gregory Soto is on the mound for the Whitecaps.

Here is the lineup for Fort Wayne.

Jack Suwinski CF

Reinaldo Ilarraza DH

Jorge Ona RF

Hudson Potts 3B

Fernando Tatis Jr. SS

Eguy Rosario 2B

Brad Zunica 1B

Webster Rivas C

Rod Boykin LF

Rodriguez P