The TinCaps bullpen turned into a bull’s-eye Sunday for the Lake County Captains.
In Eastlake, Ohio, the Captains teed off on TinCap’ reliever Daniel Cropper, batting around in the eighth and scoring five runs on seven hits enroute to a 7-2 victory at Classic Park. The three-game set is now tied at a game apiece.
Until the eighth, Sunday belonged to TinCaps starter Rube Mejia, who gave up one run over five innings and sent the TinCaps (27-30) into the late innings with a 2-1 lead.
Yeison Ascencio, who had four hits, knocked home Tyler Stubblefield with a single in the seventh, and Duanel Jones scored the go-ahead run in seventh, doubling and coming home on Kyle Gadele’s RBI single.
The Captains tied it in the seventh when Francisco Lindor struck out to end the inning but was reprieved when the ball got away from TinCaps catcher Austin Hedges. Lindor then stole second and third and came home on Alex Lavisky’s single.
On came Cropper to work the eighth, and off the Captains went.
The rubber match of the three game series is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday. The scheduled starters are Cody Hebner for Fort Wayne and Joe Colon for Lake County.