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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 10, 2017 10:10 pm

TinCaps drop series opener to Cubs

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

With Parkview Field eerily quiet and empty on a damp, overcast evening, the TinCaps struggled to find energy Monday.

South Bend homered twice and scored twice on Fort Wayne miscues for a 5-3 victory in the opener of a three-game series. The paid attendance was announced as 2,209, though far less were actually in the stands.

The TinCaps (2-3) had their chance to get off the hook in the bottom of the eighth. They placed runners at second and third with one out, but Marc Huberman struck out Eguy Rosario swinging and caught G.K. Young looking to exintguish the threat. The TinCaps went down in order in the ninth.

The Cubs (2-3) seized a 4-0 lead in the top of the third before Fort Wayne responded with three runs in the bottom half. The 4-3 score held until relief pitcher Emmanuel Ramirez gave up an insurance run in the eighth by committing a run-scoring throwing error.

Hansel Rodriguez took the loss in his debut as a TinCap. He went five innings and gave up four runs on six hits. After giving up solo homers to Christopher Pieters and D.J. Wilson, Rodriguez gave up an RBI triple to Albert Mineo and let Mineo score on a wild pitch.

For Fort Wayne, Reinaldo Ilarraza finished 2 for 3 with an RBI triple and a walk. Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1 for 3 with an RBI single, and Rosario went 1 for 4 with an RBI double.

The sparse crowd was in contrast to the TinCaps' initial two home games, which drew a combined 12,998 spectators, a franchise record through two games.