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Keys to the game

Wisconsin won the Midwest League championship, defeating the TinCaps 4-2 Sunday at Parkview Field.

The Timber Rattlers won the series 3-1.

Here are the highlights.

Key hit: Nick Ramirez knocked in two runs with a double to right field in the seventh inning. The hit gave the Timber Rattlers' a 4-2 lead.

Silent bats: Fort Wayne had just one hit in the final six innings. Fort Wayne's 5-9 hitters went 0 for 16. Wisconsin retired 19 of the final 20 Fort Wayne hitters.

Pitching numbers: Wisconsin starter Chad Thompson gave up two runs on five hits in six innings. Brent Suter pitched three hitless innings to close out the game.

Fort Wayne starter James Needy gave up two runs on five hits in six innings as well. He struck out seven. Luis De La Cruz suffered the loss.

Final marks: The TinCaps finished with an overall record of 74-75. … Fort Wayne set at single-season attendance mark with 408,044 fans. The previous record of 407,394 was set in 2010.

Quotable:

"The way we played in the first half, I never thought we would be in this position here today. They put a lot of white hairs in me. But I'm happy. Good players make mistakes, they learn from it and they never backed down.

"They got tired of losing. They went out there and battled every day. You've got to be happy. That's the way you are supposed to play the game of baseball."

- Fort Wayne manager Jose Valentin

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