In front of the biggest crowd in the six-year history of Parkview Field, the TinCaps fell 3-1 to West Michigan on the Fourth of July, their seventh straight loss and eighth in the last nine games.
Announced attendance was 9,182, breaking the stadium record of 9,015 that was set last week.
Dustin Peterson hit an eighth-inning laser to deep center for an RBI double to break the TinCaps’ scoreless streak at 11 innings. That was all they could muster.
West Michigan (9-6 second half, 50-45) went ahead in the first on an RBI single by ex-TinCap Wynton Bernard. Jeff Holm added an RBI groundout in the second, and Javier Betancourt’s RBI triple in the fifth made it 3-0.
The TinCaps (5-10, 35-49) fell to 14 games under .500 for the first time since they were the Wizards.
A struggling offense bears much of the blame for the slide, producing a mere 22 runs over the last nine games.
The TinCaps went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position Friday and are just 12 for 68 (.176) in those situations in their past seven games.
Yimmi Brasoban (0-3) was called up before the game from short-season Eugene to take the rotation spot of Walker Weickel. Brasoban made three ineffective starts as a TinCap in April, but was much better in his return.
Brasoban went five innings and gave up the three runs on six hits. The right-hander’s control was impressive, with 46 strikes in 66 pitches.
Josh Richardson followed Brasoban with three scoreless innings, and Nick Mutz worked the ninth.