The TinCaps fell to 14 games under .500 at 52-66 with Sunday’s 12-6 loss to fellow playoff contender Lake County.
Turner raking: Trea Turner went 3 for 5 with a home run. He is at .431 since joining Fort Wayne.
Can’t get no relief: Jeffery Enloe was pulled after four innings, having allowed four runs on eight hits – a fifth run that wasn’t his fault (scored on a Jake Bauers error) was also charged to his ledger.
But the TinCaps’ bullpen couldn’t keep the game close. Erik Cabrera gave up a run on a wild pitch, and Jorge Guzman allowed three runs in the sixth to make it 9-1. Nick Mutz, who lost his closer’s role, threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the top of the ninth and then served up a two-run home run to Ivan Castillo, who had homered earlier off Guzman.
Two-out damage: In the fourth, the Captains put up a four-spot with a rally that started with a man at third and two outs.
Brian Ruiz singled through the hole on the left side for the first run. Claudio Bautista lined a base hit to left and Castillo walked to load the bases. Enloe next fell behind 3-0 against Clint Frazier and paid the price. Frazier doubled on the fifth pitch of the at-bat to score three.
Jams: Enloe navigated trouble early on. Castillo doubled leading off the game and was at third with one out. Enloe stranded him by striking out Paul Hendrix and inducing a lazy fly from Nellie Rodriguez.
Bautista, the Captains’ first batter in the third, doubled and advanced to third on a bunt single by the next batter, Castillo. That’s when Bauers committed his run-scoring error by failing to catch a pickoff throw. Enloe retired the next three hitters, keeping the damage at just one run.
Smoked: Lake County’s Eric Haase scorched a line drive that was gloved by a leaping Dustin Peterson at third base for the second out of the second inning.
Nice play: Captains left fielder Dorssys Paulino left his feet, banged into the fence and held onto the ball on Bauers’ drive for the second out of the seventh.
Disappointment: The TinCaps finished 3-4 on a seven-game homestand.
Rest for the weary: The TinCaps are off Monday for the first time in 20 days. It is their final scheduled off day in the regular season. They finish with 21 games in 21 days.
What is next: The TinCaps begin a three-game series at Lansing on Tuesday.