FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Loons’ offensive erupted for 10 runs on 14 hits, and starting pitcher Jesus Vargas (W, 1-0) anchored a dominant performance by the staff in a thorough 10-2 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Thursday night’s series finale from Parkview Field.
The Loons (3-8) snapped a six-game slide with their most complete performance of the season. Fort Wayne (4-9) was limited to three hits in the game and none until the sixth inning, by which time the Loons had constructed a 10-0 lead.
Moises Perez and Nick Yarnall both turned in four-hit nights for the Loons. Perez, a 2013 international free agent signee by the Dodgers from Venezuela, produced the first four-hit game of his 51-game Loons’ career. The 20-year-old now has 10 hits in his last four games.
Yarnall, a 35th-round draft choice out of Pittsburgh in 2016, also notched his first four-hit game with the Loons. He also drove in four runs and slugged his second home run of the series on a 381-foot blast to right field in the second inning to put the Loons up 5-0. The shot came off Fort Wayne starter Mason Thompson (L, 1-2), a third-round pick by the San Diego Padres.
Vargas, a righty, became the first Loons’ starter to register a win this season with a five-inning no-hit performance in which he walked three and struck out five on 73 pitches. The win was also the first nine-inning victory of the season for the Loons, whose first two wins occurred in seven-inning doubleheader play, and the first win of the season in a night game.
The Loons return to Dow Diamond for a seven-game homestand April 20-26 against the West Michigan Whitecaps and the TinCaps. First pitch in Friday’s series opener is 6:05 p.m. EDT.
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