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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:40 am

Notebook: TinCaps run into outs on basepaths

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Baseball is full of sayings and cardinal rules, and an old adage insists to never make the first or third out of an inning at third base.

In the TinCaps' 5-3 loss to South Bend on Monday night at Parkview Field, Reinaldo Ilarraza did just that. In the bottom of the seventh, he doubled to left field but got greedy and tried to stretch the two-out hit into a triple.

The Cubs executed a textbook relay, left fielder Christopher Pieters hitting shortstop Isaac Paredes who in turn fed third baseman Vimael Machin. While replays indicated Machin's tag on Ilarraza might have been a tad late, the ball did beat Ilarraza to the bag, and field umpire Randy Wilmes signaled that Ilarraza was out to end the inning. The score was 4-3 at the time.

Fort Wayne (2-3) made two other outs on the basepaths. After reaching on a two-out walk in the second, the fleet-footed Rod Boykin tried to swipe second base and was caught stealing on a strong throw by catcher Alberto Mineo.

The next inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. also attempted to run but got picked off first. The TinCaps' top prospect made a bad read on Erling Moreno, as the Cubs starting pitcher's motion was not going to the plate. Tatis, realizing Moreno was throwing over to first, reversed his momentum for a mad scramble to get back to the base but was too far off and fell into a twisted heap as he was tagged.

Undoubtedly two of those three outs on the basepaths will be lessons learned for Fort Wayne.

Bright spot: The TinCaps' bullpen was solid again Monday. Emmanuel Ramirez went three innings and held the Cubs to one run on three hits, while Nick Monroe worked a perfect ninth to keep the game within reach.

Up next: The second game of this three-game series pits left-hander Will Headean against South Bend righty Kyle Miller.