Four Fort Wayne pitchers combined for a one-hitter in a 5-0 victory Friday against Kane County at Parkview Field.
Adys Portillo struck out eight for his first victory of the year. Ryan Stovall's one-out double in the fourth off of Portillo was the Cougars' only hit. Portillo improves to 1-6.
Here are the highlights.
Key at-bat: Connor Powers provided some breathing room with a two-run double in the eighth inning. The run-scoring hit extended Fort Wayne's lead to 5-0. Powers went 1 for 4 in his Fort Wayne debut.
Key out: Portillo struck out Orlando Calixte with a runner on third to end the fourth inning. Fort Wayne pitchers struck out 13 Cougars.
All-star effort: Jake Blackwood had two hits and scored twice on the same day he was named the starting third baseman for the Eastern Division for the Midwest League All-Star Game. Fort Wayne pitchers Keyvius Sampson and Matt Jackson join him on the roster.
"The best part about when you get good starting pitching like we did, it sets everything up for your bullpen."
- TinCaps manager Shawn Wooten on the team's pitching. Fort Wayne pitchers retired the last 17 hitters
"Jake is one of the best third basemen in our division. He's been solid all year long and the backbone of this team. Sampson has been light's out. That's why he is our number one guy. You know what you're going to get. It's fun to watch him play. Jackson has been one of those sneaky guys. He pounds the strike zone, he can throw the ball wherever he wants to at any time. That's a sign of a mature guy who knows what he's doing.
"There's a lot of deserving guys. The guys who put up some pretty good numbers in our bullpen and our offense as of late, if (outfielder Rymer Liriano) was here from the beginning, you never know. As well as (outfielder Luis Domoromo)."
- Wooten on the all-star selections