Matt Jackson gave up one unearned run in six innings as Fort Wayne topped Bowling Green 6-3 in front of 1,468 fans Thursday at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps grabbed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three first-round series. Game 2 is 8:05 p.m. today in Bowling Green, Ky.
Here are the highlights.
Key at-bat: Mike Gallic hit a home run the bottom of the fourth inning, stretching Fort Wayne's lead to 3-1. Gallic had two hits and scored two runs.
Key out(s): Bowling Green got within 6-3 in the eighth inning. The Hot Rods had two runners on with one out. Steve Tinoco flied out to center and then Nick Schwaner flied out to left to end the inning.
Local connection: Bishop Luers graduate Kevin Kiermaier went 0 for 2 with a sac bunt for Bowling Green. He also got hit by a pitch. Kiermaier threw out a runner at the plate in the fifth inning.
"It's always important to get Game 1. Now there is that comfort zone. Now we need to get one of the two. But you can't relax, you have to go out and get it."
- TinCaps pitcher Matt Jackson