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TinCaps drop frustrating game against Great Lakes

A blown call in the first inning set the tone for Fort Wayne's frustrating 8-4 loss to Great Lakes on Sunday at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps (48-38) had three runs stolen from them in the frame.

With runners on first and second, designated hitter Diego Goris launched a ball to dead center that hit the front of the 400 Club. Because there is separation between the wall of the building and the center field wall, it should have been a home run.

But the umpires didn't see it, and as Corey Adamson rounded third and Maxx Tissenbaum broke past second, play went on.

Goris advanced to second amid the confusion, while Adamson headed back to third and trapped Tissenbaum, who was tagged out.

Manager Jose Valentin rushed from his spot coaching third base toward the umpires to plead his case and continued to bark at the umps as he headed to the dugout at the end of the inning.

Home plate umpire Sean Allen heard plenty of boos for the rest of the game, too. But the loss wasn't just on him.

TinCaps starter Joe Ross went just 3 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and four earned runs. He surrendered three walks and had no strikeouts in one of his worst outings this season.

Reliever Ruben Mejia gave up four hits and two runs, one earned, while Jorge Guzman gave up another pair of earned runs on a 15-hit day for Great Lakes (40-48).

Frustration simmered over at the plate, too.

In his second at-bat of the game, Tissenbaum popped out to the second baseman and broke his bat as he slammed it on the dirt.

He was one of 12 straight batters Loons starter Miguel Sulbaran retired after the blown call.

Sulbaran went six innings with six hits and one earned run to his credit, good enough for his team to pad the lead and the relievers to contain Fort Wayne.

The TinCaps recorded 13 hits in the loss but couldn't hit well enough with runners in scoring position, a point of frustration for Valentin all year. The TinCaps left eight runners on base and seven in scoring position.

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