It was a difficult night at the plate for the TinCaps.
They were no-hit for the first time in more than three years in the second game of a doubleheader against West Michigan at LMCU Ballpark tonight after only managing two hits in the first game. Both games were seven innings, per Minor League Baseball rules on doubleheaders.
Fort Wayne lost both games, 5-0 and 4-0, snapping a four-game winning streak and sending the TinCaps back into last place in the High-A Central East Division.
Four West Michigan pitchers combined to pitch the no-hitter in the nightcap, the first time the TinCaps have been held without a hit since June 6, 2018 against South Bend. Fort Wayne drew four walks and struck out just four times, but went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. In the series, the TinCaps have scored eight runs in four games and are 2 for 29 with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne (28-35) has not won five in a row this season.
The TinCaps' only hits in 14 innings tonight were singles from Chris Givin and Justin Lopez. They did not get a runner into scoring position in the first game.
West Michigan (29-33) right-hander Beau Brieske pitched a complete game in the opener and struck out nine with just two walks.
The Whitecaps scored three runs in the first inning of Game 1 against Fort Wayne starter Gabe Mosser, who walked two and threw a wild pitch within the first five batters, four of whom reached.
Mosser struck out six and gave up eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was relieved by right-hander Michell Miliano, who was making his High-A debut. He walked two and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings. Left-hander Mason Feole, who came into the game with a 27.00 ERA in eight appearances, had his first scoreless outing since May 22, striking out two in a perfect inning.
Neither team had a hit through three innings in the second game as Fort Wayne's Edwuin Bencomo and Wen-Hua Sung combined to work three innings and strike out five without surrendering a knock.
In the fourth, however, TinCaps right-hander Sam Keating put the first two runners on and then gave up a double to Eric De La Rosa that plated two. That's all the Whitecaps would need as Fort Wayne went in order in the sixth and seventh.