Austin Hedges and Lee Orr had two RBI to lead the TinCaps to a 7-2 victory Saturday over Lansing at Thomas M. Cooley Law School Stadium. Travis Jankowski collected three hits as Fort Wayne got a much-needed win in its pursuit of a playoff berth.
With nine games remaining in the regular season, Fort Wayne (34-27, 65-66 overall) pulled into a tie with Lake County for the top spot among qualifying teams in the second half in the Eastern Division. The Captains hold the tiebreaker, placing the TinCaps currently as the wild card.
Lake County lost to Great Lakes 3-0. Both teams have a three-game lead on West Michigan, which lost to Dayton 4-3.
South Bend is four games back after falling to Bowling Green 10-6. Lansing and Bowling Green qualified for the playoffs in the first half.
Fort Wayne scored twice in the third inning. Jace Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 1. Travis Whitmore followed with a single to center field, bringing home Kyle Gaedele.
Fort Wayne scored three runs in the fifth inning. Orr knocked in Jankowski with a double. Hedges drove in Whitmore and Orr with a double to extend the lead to 5-1. The TinCaps added single runs in the seventh and eighth.
The series continues at 2:05 p.m. today.