Fort Wayne earned its second home stand sweep of the season with a 6-2 win Friday against Great Lakes. The TinCaps earned the victory with some crafty pitching and disciplined hitting.
Manager Jose Valentin has stressed putting the ball in play all season. The TinCaps did just that Friday, making contact on 37 of their 39 plate appearances. The only strikeouts came from Jeremy Baltz and Brian Adams late in the game, after a comfortable 6-0 lead came to be.
Seven TinCaps got a hit in the win, and three had multi-hit games. Fort Wayne only put together 10 hits, but putting the ball in play was the sticking point for Valentin -- and the Loons pitchers, who seemed shaken from the constant contact.
Great Lakes ace Carlos Frias entered the day with a 0.91 ERA. He left it with a 1.65 after giving up three runs in three innings, as well as five hits, three walks and no strikeouts.
A closer look at Hancock's outing
Justin Hancock put together one of the best performances of the season among TinCaps starters -- and the longest of the year -- in a seven-inning, no-run start for Fort Wayne.
The right-hander allowed seven hits, but gave up no walks and struck out four hitters. He forced Great Lakes into nine ground ball outs and six flyouts. The starter allowed only two batters past second base, and his outing allowed the TinCaps to earn a convincing lead and surrender two runs in the final two innings without any harm done.
Hancock faced 27 batters, more than the Loons starter and his first reliever combined. He kept his pitch count down, too. Hancock didn't reach a 3-2 count and only threw three balls to one batter in his seven-inning stint.
It was a solid day for Hancock, who has strung together some good outings but is only 2-0 on the season thanks to some no-decisions. He earned the win today, and got the run support he needed to put it next to his name.
Parkview plans Memorial Day documentary
Parkview Field will play host to a showing of "Honor Flight" at 6 p.m. May 27, Memorial Day.
The event coordinators have planned media availability May 13 to release more details on the plans at Parkview, which will include multiple events in honor of Memorial Day. For information on the documentary, visit www.HonorFlighttheMovie.com.