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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 08, 2017 11:40 pm

Notebook: Missed opportunities haunt TinCaps

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Before the TinCaps lost Saturday night's home opener 5-4 in 11 innings, they had multiple chances to win.

The crowd at Parkview Field rose in unison in the bottom of the 10th as No. 2 hitter Reinaldo Ilarraza drew a two-out walk and stole second base. However, he was stranded when Fernando Tatis Jr. was retired.

As big a regret for the TinCaps was in the bottom of the eighth. Although they got the pair of runs they needed to tie the game at 4 and stay alive for the time being, the rally could have been even bigger. With a runner at third, Hudson Potts grounded out to the pitcher for the final out.

For the game, Fort Wayne went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and it was those types of situations manager Anthony Contreras would like to see his players better capitalize on.

Glove work: A diving catch by Jack Suwinski for the first out of the fourth inning was a play for the TinCaps to add to their end-of-season highlight reel. The ball was tailing toward the left-field line, and Suwiniski's full extension almost certainly saved a run because Bowling Green had a man at second base. Suwiniski, batting leadoff, also did well at the plate, finishing 1 for 4 with a walk.

Long way out: The deepest part of Parkview Field is to dead center, where a 400-foot marker is etched on the wall. Bowling Green's Mike Brosseau hit a solo home run to that area in the seventh inning. Some observers disputed whether Brosseau's shot actually cleared the yellow line at the top of the wall. Replays were inconclusive. Field umpire Robert Nunez signaled immediately for a home run, and there was no on-field discussion or dispute.