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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:20 am

Game 13: TinCaps (4-8) vs. West Michigan (6-6)

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Rod Boykin is 22 years old and made a bit of personal history with his walk-off hit on Tuesday night.

"My first one ever," the TinCaps' speedy outfielder said with a wide smile. 

But while Boykin's game-winning RBI single was the memorable moment from a 2-1 triumph over West Michigan, Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras also praised a defensive play made by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in the eighth inning.

With the Whitecaps already ahead 1-0, they had a runner at third base. Blaise Salter sent a two-out grounder up the middle, where Tatis made a diving stop and was able to gather himself in time to make the throw to first to retire Salter and save a run.

"That play probably stands out as the second-biggest compared to the walk-off hit," Contreras said. "Those are the things he (Tatis) can bring to a team when he's out there."

The TinCaps wrap up this three-game series with West Michigan today. A win would give the TinCaps their first series victory.

There was some pregame roster shuffling, as former IPFW Evan Miller pitcher and another former TinCap, Will Stillman, were returned to low-A Fort Wayne for some fresh arms in the bullpen. Lou Distasio and Wilmer Torres were taken off the roster as a result.