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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 10, 2018 11:00 pm

Slumping TinCaps lose to Kane County

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The TinCaps opened a road series against Kane County on Thursday with their third consecutive loss and sixth in the last seven games, a 3-1 decision at Northwestern Medicine Field.

Fort Wayne (14-20) has scored just two runs in the last three games and managed only five hits against the Cougars. Kane County (15-16) starter Jeff Bain continued his excellent season, working into the sixth and giving up one run on four hits while striking out six. He lowered his ERA to 2.15.

TinCaps left-hander Ben Sheckler made his first start of the season after eight relief appearances and matched zeroes with Bain for four innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Kane County's Yoel Yanqui singled with one out and designated hitter Eudy Ramos followed with a home run that put his team in front 2-0.

Fort Wayne responded with a run in the top of the sixth, cutting its deficit in half. Carlos Belen and Tirso Ornelas opened the inning with singles, knocking Bain out of the game. Luis Campusano greeted reliever Erbert Gonzalez with a third straight single, scoring Ornelas and running Campusano's RBI total to 14.

Campusano's hit left two on with nobody out, but Gonzalez retired the next three hitters and the TinCaps didn't get a runner past first base the rest of the game.

Note: Before the game, the San Diego Padres promoted infielder Luis Almanzar to the TinCaps from extended spring training and sent infielder Reinaldo Ilarraza down to extended spring. Almanzar is the No. 26 player in the Padres system and went 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game with Fort Wayne.