FORT WAYNE – The TinCaps’ defense and field sprung a leak Wednesday against Great Lakes.
Fort Wayne committed six errors in a 15-4 loss in a game that was delayed for 18 minutes in the fifth inning after TinCaps first baseman Fernando Perez stepped on a hose connection in the right-field bullpen in front of 6,318 fans at Parkview Field.
That’s not the way we play. We are better than that, TinCaps second baseman Josh VanMeter said. We just got to find a way to get past that.
Franchy Cordero committed three of the TinCaps’ errors, and Jose Carlos Urena added two. Charles Henry had the other Fort Wayne error. The TinCaps (10-15) lead all of Minor League Baseball with 55 errors.
There’s some areas being addressed, manager Michael Collins said. A young team, these things happen. You get off to a slow start, and things can build for each guy. We will keep working and move past it.
The Loons (15-11) sent eight batters to the plate in the first, scoring four runs off four hits and three errors to take a 4-0 lead.
The TinCaps gave the Loons another run in the fourth as Dillon Moyer, who hit a two-out double, scored on an error by Charles to give Great Lakes a 5-0 lead.
The TinCaps got one run in the bottom of the fourth as Dustin Peterson led off with a single, moved to third on Perez’s one-out double and scored when Ryan Miller grounded out to shortstop.
Things came to a halt in the fifth as Perez stepped on a hose connection in Fort Wayne’s right-field bullpen while chasing a foul ball hit by Joey Curletta. The broken hose shot water about 15 feet into the air and left standing water in the bullpen.
I had never, ever seen that before. It was crazy, VanMeter said.
The Loons added five runs after the delay as Cordero’s second error put runners on first and second with no outs. Great Lakes’ Alex Santana drove in one run with a single after the error, and after reliever Justin Livengood struck out the first two batters he faced, Great Lakes got RBI hits from Malcolm Holland, Dillon Moyer and Kyle Farmer for a 10-1 lead.
Collins dismissed the idea that the delay disrupted either team.
Their guy (Curletta) got in there, first pitch foul ball, next pitch, he hits a base hit up the middle, Collins said. I don’t think it threw him off too much. I think that game continued the same way it started.
Perez hit a three-run homer in the sixth to cut the TinCaps’ deficit to 10-4.
But the Loons added five runs in the seventh for a 15-4 lead.
Greg Harris got the win for Great Lakes, giving up one run on three hits through five innings. Pete Kelich took the loss, giving up eight runs – four earned – on nine hits through four innings.
It was one of those days where not a lot of things went right, Collins said. We move on from it today.