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vs. West Michigan
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The TinCaps' Kyle Gaedele congratulates Austin Hedges for his home run in the bottom of the second inning Thursday at Parkview Field.
West Michigan 5, TinCaps 3

Rain halts rally, leads to loss

Fort Wayne had 2 on when game was called in 7th

Jace Peterson was on-deck, waiting for his chance to possibly give Fort Wayne a lead Thursday against West Michigan.

The TinCaps trailed by two runs but had runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh inning.

Peterson never got a chance to bat. Umpires first delayed and then called Thursday's game because of rain. The Whitecaps won the rain-shortened contest 5-3 in front of 6,757 fans at Parkview Field.

"You've got no control of the weather," Fort Wayne manager Jose Valentin said.

The rain cut short Fort Wayne's comeback bid.

The TinCaps (27-19, 58-58 overall) trailed 5-2 heading into the seventh inning. Duanel Jones started the inning with a single. With one out, Kyle Gaedele was hit by a pitch.

B.J. Guinn singled, driving knocking in Jones to make it 5-3.

Travis Jankowski then hit a line drive down the third-base line. Jason King made a diving catch for the second out.

West Michigan (23-23, 59-57) made a pitching change, but before the game could resume it was delayed because of rain.

The game never resumed. The game was called after a rain delay of 1 hour, 13 minutes with runners on the corners and Peterson due up.

"We started getting something going there in the seventh and then here comes the showers," said Guinn, who was 1 for 3. "It was rumbling all day so, it was bound to happen sooner or later. We jumped out top quick and they bounced back. That's how it goes sometimes."

The TinCaps scored twice in the second inning to take the early lead.

Yeison Asencio led off the second with a double. He moved to third when Travis Whitmore flew out to center field. Jones brought Asencio home with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Austin Hedges followed with a home run to left field. It was Hedges' ninth of the season. He is tied for the team lead with Lee Orr.

"I just got a fastball over the middle of the plate and got some good wood on it and it found a way to get out," Hedges said.

West Michigan got within a run on a solo home run by Zach Maggard with one out in the third inning.

The Whitecaps took the lead with two runs in the fourth inning.

Eugenio Suarez started the inning by hitting a soft liner to third base. Jones dropped the ball and was charged with an error. Aaron Westlake then tripled to right field to tie the game at 2.

Jeff McVaney followed with a single to left field. Westlake scored to give the Whitecaps a 3-2 lead.

West Michigan expanded the lead in the fifth inning. Jason Krizan singled to right field. Maggard drove him in with a double to center field.

Maggard moved to third on a bunt hit by Chad Wright. Maggard scored when Brandon Loy hit into a fielder's choice.

The rain put an end to the TinCaps' final rally.

"We kept fighting and made a push," Valentin said. "We just ran out of time."

Note: The TinCaps announced a roster move, activating pitcher Dennis O'Grady from the disabled list and placing pitcher Cody Hebner on the suspended list.

"He broke some rules, organization rules," Valentin said. "The rules are the rules, they know about it."