MIDLAND, Mich. – Despite committing four errors and picking up just four base hits, the Great Lakes Loons outlasted the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-3 on Saturday at Dow Diamond.
Fort Wayne starter Matt Wisler (0-2) gave up four runs, just two of which were earned, in his five innings, and that was all the Loons would need en route to their second straight victory.
The TinCaps (3-6) put both the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback. Fort Wayne scored one run in the seventh, and another in the eighth to pull to within one. With two outs in the ninth, both Matt Colantonio and Alberth Martinez walked, putting runners at first and second, but Jace Peterson grounded out to end the game.
Great Lakes (4-5) scored one run in four of the first five innings. Scott Schebler doubled home Kevin Taylor in the first inning to make it 1-0 Loons. In the second, James Baldwin doubled to lead off. With Justin Boudreaux batting, Wisler twirled to attempt a pickoff play at second base, but his toss sailed into center field, allowing Baldwin to scramble to third. Wisler was charged with an error. Baldwin would later score to make it 2-0.
In the fourth, Schebler tripled leading off and scored on a sacrifice fly by Noel Cuevas. Leading 3-1 in the fifth, Great Lakes’ Jesus Arredondo got aboard on a fielder’s choice. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by TinCaps catcher Matt Colantonio. Arredondo would later come in to score on a passed ball charged to Colantonio, who was tabbed with three over the course of the game.
Colantonio contributed an RBI single in the 7th, and first baseman Travis Whitmore an RBI double in the 8th.
Fort Wayne’s bullpen worked three scoreless innings in relief of Wisler. John Barbato worked the sixth and the seventh, retiring all six batters and throwing only eleven pitches. Matt Stites tossed a perfect eighth.
The series finale is Sunday, with the TinCaps scheduled to send righty Cody Hebner to the mound, against Great Lakes righthander Arismendy Ozoria. First pitch at Dow Diamond is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.