Fort Wayne managed to make the most of mistakes by Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft and Quad Cities starter Friday.
But TinCaps pitchers made too many errors of their own in a 6-3 loss to the River Bandits at Parkview Field.
Appel made two bad pitches in his four-inning stint against the TinCaps (53-43) – one a high changeup that Corey Adamson turned into a two-run home run, the other a solo shot off a similar pitch from Gabriel Quintana.
But the River Bandits (53-42) backed up their starter with some solid hitting of their own.
TinCaps starter Matthew Shepherd never got comfortable.
The No. 1 pick of 2012, Carlos Correa, leveled the score in the top of the third with a two-run homer over the left field wall.
And in the next inning, four hits sent Shepherd to the dugout and the River Bandits to a 5-2 lead.
Quintana's home run in the bottom of the fourth would end the scoring for both sides.
Reliever Joe Church went four innings after Shepherd's exit. He gave up three hits and one walk while striking out three for the TinCaps.
But Fort Wayne couldn't force any action outside of those home runs.
The TinCaps got four runners on base in their final five innings and runners into scoring position just twice.
Fort Wayne, with 7,438 fans on-hand, came up empty on both of those chances.
Daniel Minor gave up three hits in three innings for Quad Cities, which scored the final run off a sacrifice fly from Rio Ruiz in the top of the ninth.
Jordan Jankowski got the save for the River Bandits, while the TinCaps fell to 10-17 in the second half.
That record is the second-worst in the Midwest League Eastern Division and third-worst overall in the MWL.
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