The playoff race has tightened after West Michigan defeated the TinCaps 1-0 in front of 5,428 fans Wednesday at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps are currently the wild card team for the Eastern Division. But West Michigan pulled within one game of Fort Wayne with the victory.
The only run came in the second inning.
Lance Durham and Pat Leyland singled with one out in the second inning. Brandon Loy flew out to center for the second out. Gabriel Purroy hit a grounder to shortstop Jace Peterson, who threw wildly to first. Durham scored on the error.
James Needy pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits. The one run was unearned.
Four West Michigan pitchers limited the TinCaps to three hits.
Five games remain in the regular season. Fort Wayne has two more games against West Michigan and then finishes with three at Bowling Green.
Lake County is the top team in the division among those eligible. The Captains faced Bowling Green Wednesday.
Bowling Green and Lansing qualified for the playoffs in the first half.