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TinCap Dustin Peterson takes a pitch from South Bend starter Markus Solbach, who lasted four innings and took the loss Monday.

Newest TinCap sparks 17-hit explosion in win

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
Catcher Adolfo Reina went 2 for 5 as the TinCaps knocked out 17 hits and crushed South Bend 11-6 on Monday at Parkview Field.

Trea Turner could get used to days like this.

His second game with the TinCaps showcased the full capability of the team’s offense, and Turner, installed as the leadoff batter, set the table for it all.

The TinCaps had 17 hits, seven of them for extra bases, in an 11-6 win over South Bend on Monday night before 7,475 fans at Parkview Field.

Turner, drafted in the first round last month, went 2 for 4 with a walk.

“People hitting oppo-bombs and 400-foot bombs,” he said. “These kids are good. It’s pretty neat watching everyone do their thing.”

At one point, Turner turned to Josh VanMeter and tried to figure up how many guys in the Fort Wayne order registered multihit games.

The answer: six.

Great performances were everywhere.

Fernando Perez finished 3 for 5 with a home run and a two-run double.

Ronnie Richardson, hit by a pitch for the 10th time, was 2 for 3 with an RBI triple.

And VanMeter went 3 for 4 with an RBI single and a two-run base hit in the seventh that gave Fort Wayne a comfortable six-run lead.

During a recent 13-game losing streak, the TinCaps averaged fewer than three runs per game.

Monday’s onslaught made those struggles seem like a distant memory.

“We’re keeping it positive is the main thing,” VanMeter said. “We had a cold spell. We’ve broken out of it.”

The TinCaps (37-56, 7-17 second half) earned a split of the four-game series.

They are off today and begin a six-game road trip at Quad Cities on Wednesday.

Max Fried, drafted seventh overall in 2012, will start that night.

The left-hander made 23 starts for Fort Wayne last year and is working his way back from forearm soreness that began in spring training.

Reliever Jason Jester was placed on the disabled list to clear a roster spot for Fried.

If he pitches as well as Jeffery Enloe has, the TinCaps will be in good shape.

When Enloe (1-3) left Monday, South Bend had only two runs on the board, and one of those scored on an error.

Pitch efficiency let the lefty work 6 1/3 innings.

He was at 23 pitches through two, 31 pitches through three, 40 pitches through four and 52 through five before finishing at 77.

“I was throwing offspeed pitches and making them go after it,” Enloe said.

The TinCaps backed him with Perez’s seventh homer, a solo shot in the first, and a five-run second inning.

“It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Nick Schulz, who had an RBI grounder in Fort Wayne’s four-run seventh. “Once one person starts hitting, everyone starts.”

The Silver Hawks (56-37, 16-8) led 2-1 in the second and were within 7-5 in the seventh.

“It was a great performance,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. “Enloe had quick innings. That benefits the whole team.”

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