FORT WAYNE – Fort Wayne’s bus showed up much later than expected Tuesday. The TinCaps’ offense didn’t show up at all.
The TinCaps went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position in a 2-1 loss to Wisconsin in front of 2,875 fans at Parkview Field.
We had our opportunities, TinCaps manager Jose Flores said. We just didn’t get the big hit when we needed it.
Fort Wayne’s first five hitters went 0 for 18 with two walks on the way to a third straight loss.
Flores said that about 20 minutes after the team had left Bowling Green, Ky., after Monday’s 7-6 loss, problems arose with one of the back tires of the team bus. The TinCaps decided to stay overnight, Flores said, and left Bowling Green about 7 a.m., arriving in Fort Wayne about 1 p.m. Tuesday.
That’s part of the lifestyle of the minor leagues, said clean-up hitter Nate Freiman, who was 0 for 4. That’s not an excuse for not coming out and hitting the ball (Tuesday). That’s just part of playing the game.
The last six TinCaps games have been decided by one run, and Fort Wayne is 2-4 in the stretch.
Fort Wayne had plenty of scoring opportunities. Wisconsin’s Scooter Gennett made a throwing error with one out in the fifth inning, loading the bases.
Kyle Heckathorn struck out Everett Williams and Jonathan Galvez to get out of trouble. Heckathorn gave up one run on five hits in seven innings.
(Heckathorn) came out and threw strikes and sometimes that’s enough to get guys out, Freiman said. (Tuesday) just wasn’t a real a good offensive night for us.
Wisconsin (19-33) took the lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI double by Pete Fatse.
Fort Wayne (27-26) had chances to tie in the seventh and ninth. In the seventh, Edinson Rincon got thrown out at home trying to score on a grounder to second.
The TinCaps had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth. Jon Alia struck out, and pinch-runner Jeudy Valdez got caught in a rundown between second and third on the third strike. He was tagged out, ending the game.
Note: The final of the hometown hitter contest will take place after the June 16 game. Justin Glass (Carroll), Spencer Burns (Garrett) and Kristian Gayday (Elmhurst) are the competitors in the home run derby. The winner will compete in the Midwest League home run derby June 21 at Parkview Field.