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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 19, 2017 1:20 am

TinCaps trail 17-8 in game suspended after 8

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps' pitching staff on Friday night endured a poor performance. Historically poor.

Great Lakes pounded out 24 hits, matching the most Fort Wayne has allowed in franchise history, and the Loons held a 17-8 lead in a game that was suspended after the eighth inning because of the Midwest League's curfew rule.

The first pitch wasn't thrown until 9:27 p.m. because of a rain delay, and the bottom of the eighth ended at 12:57 a.m., too late to start the ninth. League rules do not allow an inning to begin after 12:50 a.m. 

The TinCaps (16-23) and Loons (17-22) will finish the game Friday at 6:05 p.m. before the regularly scheduled nine-inning affair.

The opener of a four-game series at Parkview Field went wild from the start, as Fernando Tatis Jr. launched the first pitch Fort Wayne saw for a solo home run.

In the second inning, when Great Lakes scored four runs, Tatis was covering second base when first baseman Brad Zunica's throw hit Tatis on the left cheek near his nose. While Tatis initially remained in the game after being examined by team trainer Allyske Kramer, he was removed in the third, with Hudson Potts moving over to shortstop from third base. G.K. Young entered and played third.

After three innings, it was tied at 5, and each side scored once in the fifth.

The Loons broke it open with four runs in the sixth and seven in the eighth.

Fort Wayne starter Will Headean pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up five earned runs on 10 hits. He did have six strikeouts.

Jorge Ona hit his third homer of the season for the TinCaps, who racked up 10 hits of their own.