– The Loons fell 5-2 for their third straight loss to Fort Wayne in a truncated Wednesday day game at Parkview Field that ended in the top of the eighth after a one hour and 30-minute rain delay.
The game lasted the requisite five innings to become an official game, per the Major League Baseball rule book, so the game will not be completed or resumed.
When the game ended, the Loons had a runner on first base with two outs and left-hander Ivan Vela at the plate. The umpires waited 90 minutes before terminating the game in the hopes the two sides could play out a complete nine-inning game one time in the five-game set.
Fort Wayne seized the lead early in the first against Loons' left-hander Victor Gonzalez. The native of Mexico made his first start since May 6 after a stint on the Disabled List and surrendered a solo home run his first batter faced, Ruddy Giron. An RBI groundout from designated hitter Franmil Reyest made the score 2-0.
The Loons answered in the top of the second against Fort Wayne right-handed starter Ernesto Montas. An error on first baseman Trae Santos allowed Alex Santana to reach with one out. After Vela singled, Spencer Navin drove Santana home with a left-side single to get the Loons on the board. Faustino Oguisten added another tally with an RBI groundout of his own to tie the game at 2-2.
Gonzalez shut down the TinCaps until the fifth. Jose Ruiz singled past the shortstop Oguisten on a ball that hit off the lip of the outfield grass. Felipe Blanco followed suit and set the scene for Giron, who doubled in the pair and gave Fort Wayne the 4-2 lead. Two batters later, Michael Gettys tacked on another insurance run with a run-scoring single to put the ‘Caps up a field goal.
Giron finished the day 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBI, a home run and a double. The defending Midwest League player of the week happens to be the youngest player in the league also.
The Loons (20-25) have lost five straight for the second time this season. Fort Wayne (18-27) has clinched the series with a Thursday doubleheader on the horizon. When the series ends, the Loons and the TinCaps will have made up two of the three lost games from their first meeting of the season at Dow Diamond April 9-11.
First pitch in Thursday's twin bill is set for 6:05 p.m. EDT. Great Lakes returns to Dow Diamond for a six-game homestand against the Midwest League West on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:05 p.m. Coverage starts at 6:35 p.m. on ESPN 100.9-FM.
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