The TinCaps opened the season with a 2-1 victory against South Bend in front of 7,104 fans Thursday at Parkview Field.
Here are some of the highlights.
Biggest at-bat: Tommy Medica singled home Wes Cunningham in the second inning to give the TinCaps a 1-0 lead. Medica doubled in the fourth and later scored on a double play for Fort Wayne's other run.
Biggest out: Starter Keyvius Sampson set the tone by striking out Keon Broxton to start the game. Sampson retired all 18 batters he faced, striking out 10.
Closing it out: The Silver Hawks didn't really hit the ball hard until after Sampson left. South Bend strung together three hits in the ninth off of closer Adam Dominick. But reliever the struck out Yazy Arbelo and Matt Helm with runners on first and third to end the game.
"When I was sitting on the bench, nobody really came up and talked to me at all. My coach did to let me know, stay focused and stuff like that. But that was it."
- Sampson on the superstition of not talking to a pitcher while he has a no-hitter or perfect game. Sampson pitched six perfect innings Thursday.
"Any pitcher would want to go back out there. But I knew it was early in the season. The coaches told me ahead of time 'we have you on a pitch count (85). The first game is a big game, but it's not the most important game of the season. They want me here in August and September and healthy. We'll start off slow and keep progressing our way up."
- Sampson on exiting after six innings of a perfect game