The Fort Wayne TinCaps (64-61, 21-35) committed seven errors on Monday night and the Great Lakes Loons (59-67, 32-24) took full advantage, pushing across seven unearned runs in a 12-5 victory over the TinCaps in the third game of a four-game series at Dow Diamond. The win was Great Lakes first in six games.
Loons catcher Jose Capellan was the biggest beneficiary of Great Lakes offensive outburst, coming to the plate twice with the bases loaded and hitting a double both times. Capellan was 2-for-3 with two doubles and six RBI in the game. His six runs batted in tied a franchise record for the most RBI in a single game. It is the third time in 2013 and the sixth time in franchise history that a Loons player has driven in six runs in one game.
"I just tried to put the ball in play and swing the bat well," Capellan said. "There were some close pitches and I just tried to keep it up at the plate. I'm just trying to do the same things I've been doing. All I want to do when I go up there is put the ball in play."
"Obviously we're excited to get a win," Loons manager Razor Shines added. "We've been scuffling the past few days and lost some one-run games. We've played some good baseball, but this was a welcome relief. We were real fortunate tonight. Capellan smoked some baseballs and he had some good approaches at the plate. I'm happy for the kid because he's been catching his butt off all year and he's working really hard with Mike (Eylward) on his approach at the plate."
Capellan, hitting in the eight-spot, opened the scoring in the second inning with a bases-loaded double down the left field line, driving in Devin Shines and Webster Rivas for the first two runs of the game. Brandon Dixon also scored in the second to give Great Lakes an early 3-0 lead, coming home when Leo Rodriguez hit into a fielder's choice.
The TinCaps started left-handed pitcher Max Fried, the San Diego Padres No. 1 prospect. Fried threw four innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits. Fried walked three and had two strikeouts.
Diego Goris got the TinCaps on the board in the fourth with a 362-foot solo home run to left-center field.
Fort Wayne took a temporary lead with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Maxx Tissenbaum scored the first run of the frame on a Reynaldo Bruguera bases-loaded walk. Goris, who was 3-for-5 with three RBI, drove in the second and third runs of the inning on a single to right field, giving the TinCaps a 4-3 lead.
Tom Windle, the Dodgers' No. 9 prospect, started for the Loons and went four-plus innings. Windle gave up four runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking three.
Great Lakes exploded for five runs in the home half of the fifth to take the lead for good. Shines drove in Rodriguez with an infield single down the third-base line. After the Shines single, two errors by the Fort Wayne middle infield kept the inning going. The second error allowed Dixon to reach and Miller to score, giving the Loons the lead. The second error also loaded the bases for Capellan, who hit a double that bounced off the left-center field wall on one hop, clearing the bases for three runs to put Great Lakes ahead 8-4.
In the road half of the seventh, Bruguera doubled down the right field line and scored on a Gabriel Quintana single for the TinCaps fifth and final run of the game.
Ralston Cash (3-3), who came in for Windle in the fifth, pitched three innings of relief to pick up the win. Cash gave up one run on three hits, while striking out two and walking one.
The Loons added two runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend their lead to 10-5. Shines reached base and advanced to second when TinCaps left fielder Luis Tejada dropped Shines' pop fly. Six-hitter Webster Rivas, who was 2-for-4, followed Shines with an infield single and Shines got caught in rundown while trying to advance to third. However, Bruguera, Fort Wayne's second baseman, was called for an obstruction error (Shines tripped on his foot while in the baseline), allowing Shines to advance to third, with Rivas going to second base on the play. After Shines scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch, Capellan hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Rivas.
Joe Church (1-3) took the loss in relief for the TinCaps. Church gave up seven runs on four hits, although only one was earned because Fort Wayne committed four errors behind him in the three innings that he pitched. The Princeton, W.V., native struck out five and walked one.
Great Lakes added two more runs in the eighth with a two-run double from Shines that bounced off the left field wall on one hop. Shines was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in on Monday and is 5-for-9 in his last two games.
"Mike (Eylward) and I have been working on some things in the cage and we are just trying to get that to translate onto the field," Shines said. "I feel like I've been able to focus when I'm up at the plate and really make sure I'm doing the things that I've been working on in the cage."
Elsewhere in the Midwest League Eastern Division, the Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks, 7-2, and the Dayton Dragons fell to the West Michigan Whitecaps, 6-1. Great Lakes remains 1 1/2 games behind Bowling Green and is now 1 1/2 games ahead of Dayton for the Eastern Division wildcard spot in the upcoming MWL playoffs.
The Loons and TinCaps will wrap up a four-game series on Tuesday night at Dow Diamond. Jonathan Martinez (2-3, 3.44 ERA), the Dodgers No. 20 prospect, is slated to start for Great Lakes. Fort Wayne is expected to start Colin Rea (0-1, 1.93), a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander. Tuesday is Salute to the Arts Night at Dow Diamond and is also a Dodgers Route of Champions Night.
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