Colin Rea tossed six shutout innings to help the TinCaps to a 5-0 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday to snap a four-game losing streak and avoid being swept for the first time this season. Five different TinCaps hitters knocked in a run.
Fort Wayne (28-33) scored one run in each of the first two innings against West Michigan (30-31) starter Wilsen Palacios(6-4). The right hander gave up an RBI single to Travis Whitmore in the first and allowed the second run on a fielder’s choice.
Palacios went seven innings, giving up three runs, two earned, and walked two while striking out six. He took the loss, just his second in his last eight starts. His only other loss in that span also came against Fort Wayne on May 12 at Parkview Field.
Rea (1-3) dazzled, making his sixth start of the year. In the right hander’s six innings, he scattered four hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. As a starting pitcher this year, Rea is 1-0 with a 1.53 ERA. He lowered his season ERA to 2.76.
The TinCaps got two more runs in the seventh against West Michigan reliever Warwick Saupold. The Australian hit Donavan Tate with the bases loaded, and then Duanel Jones lifted a sacrifice fly.
The TinCaps return to Parkview Field at 7:05 p.m. Saturday to open a six-game homestand beginning with a three-game set against South Bend. The scheduled starters are Matt Wisler for Fort Wayne and J.R. Bradley for the Silver Hawks.