Gabriel Arias hit for the cycle, securing the feat with a triple to center in the ninth inning, and the TinCaps pummeled the South Bend Cubs 15-5 in the final game of Fort Wayne's 11-game road trip Monday at Four Winds Field.
Arias had gone 0 for 9 in his previous two games, but finished 5 for 6 against the Cubs, collecting five RBI, two runs, two singles, a double, a triple and two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was the first time a Fort Wayne player had accomplished the feat since Rene Lopez did so in 1993 for the Fort Wayne Wizards.
Arias' home run was his sixth of the season. He had zero home runs in 53 games last season and three of his homers this year have come since Aug. 21. Monday's performance was his first five-hit game as a pro.
The offense was more than the Gabriel Arias Show, however. The TinCaps (62-70, 30-33 second half) tied a season high with their 15 runs and pounded 18 hits. In addition to Arias, Jack Suwinski went 3 for 6 with four runs scored, Jeisson Rosario went 2 for 4 with two walks and three runs scored and Owen Miller went 4 for 6 with four RBI and two runs scored.
The TinCaps' biggest inning came in the sixth, when they pushed across seven runs. Arias had an RBI double in the inning and catcher Michael Cantu hit a mammoth three-run homer, his second long ball in four games with the TinCaps. When the inning ended, Fort Wayne led 13-2.
The TinCaps' win, combined with a West Michigan loss, moves Fort Wayne a game in front of the Whitecaps for the final Eastern Division playoff spot with six games left. The TinCaps also hold the tiebreaker over the Whitecaps and the two teams will play each other in Michigan in the regular season's final three games Sept. 1-3.
Fort Wayne returns home Wednesday after going 4-7 on their season-long road trip.