FORT WAYNE – Even though it had just four hits in the game, all occurring in the first five innings, Great Lakes made each one count in its 4-3 Midwest League victory over the TinCaps on Saturday at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich.
The Loons (4-5) managed single runs against TinCaps starting pitcher Matthew Wisler (0-2) in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings, getting one hit in each inning, but taking advantage of mistakes by the TinCaps (3-6).
A walk, a balk by Wisler and an RBI double accounted for the first run by Great Lakes, which went hitless in its final three innings against TinCaps relievers John Barbato and Matthew Stites.
The Loons opened the second with a leadoff double and scored following a Fort Wayne error and a Great Lakes sacrifice fly. Another sacrifice fly in the fourth brought in the third run, and the eventual winning run was scored in the fifth with a single, a passed ball, a stolen base, a TinCaps error and another passed ball.
Fort Wayne catcher Matthew Colantonio had three passed balls in the game, and has four for the season.
The TinCaps out-hit Great Lakes 6-4, including three hits from first baseman Travis Whitmore.
The TinCaps, who play at Great Lakes at 2 p.m. today, mustered a mild threat in the ninth with a pair of two-out walks from Colantonio and Alberth Martinez, but couldn’t push across the tying run.
The TinCaps went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.