The TinCaps inched closer to a playoff spot, defeating West Michigan 10-4 n front of 7,760 fans Thursday.
Tyler Stubblefield had three doubles as Fort Wayne extended its lead as the Eastern Division wild card to two over the Whitecaps.
Here are the highlights.
Key hit: Stubblefield had a two-out, two-run double in the second inning to give the TinCaps a 2-1 lead. Fort Wayne led the rest of the way.
Playoff picture: The TinCaps (36-30, 67-69 overall) opened up a two-game lead over the Whitecaps (34-32, 70-66) for the Eastern Division's wild card.
Four games remain in the regular season.
According to Fort Wayne and West Michigan officials, a TinCaps' victory Friday against the Whitecaps in the series finale would clinch a playoff spot. A win would give the TinCaps a three-game lead with three games remaining. A victory would also give Fort Wayne a 10-9 edge in the season series, which is the first tie-breaker for a playoff spot.
Lake County remains at the top among teams eligible for the second half. The Captains defeated Bowling Green 11-4. Lake County holds a two-game lead over Fort Wayne.
In the event of a three-way tie, Fort Wayne holds the tie-breaker edge with a win Friday. Lansing and Bowling Green qualified for the playoffs in the first half.
More hitting: Travis Whitmore had three singles. Duanel Jones, Yeison Asencio and Kyle Gaedele had two hits. … Travis Jankowski extended a hitting streak to 13 with a single in the eighth inning.
"For the team, it's huge because we're trying to make the playoffs. For myself, it's big that I can finally make an adjustment and see some results."
- Tyler Stubblefield on his three-hit day