Yeison Asencio knocked in Travis Jankowski with the go-ahead single in the eighth inning as the TinCaps defeated Lake County 4-3 in Game 1 of the Midwest League Eastern Division Championship series Saturday at Parkview Field.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.
Fort Wayne had just five hits.
Three came during the three-run first inning.
Jace Peterson doubled to left field. Todd Hawkins started back on the ball and then came in and it landed right in front of him.
Asencio then doubled to right field. Peterson scored on the play to tie the game.
Jeremy Baltz walked.
Lake County starter Shawn Morimando got Austin Hedges to pop out to first for the second out. Duanel Jones then hit a fly ball to right. Jordan Smith never picked up the ball off the bat. It landed right in front of him for a two-run double to make it 3-1.
Lake County scored once in the fifth to get within one run.
Francisco Lindor homered to right field in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3.
Jankowski led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to center. It was the team's first hit since the first inning.
Peterson moved him to second with a bunt.
Asencio followed with a single to center to give the TinCaps the 4-3 lead.
Brandon Alger, who went to Leo and Indiana Tech, struck out two in the eighth inning and was credited with the win. Matt Stites picked up the save.