The TinCaps lost for the ninth time in the last 13 games, falling 8-7 to the Lake County Captains at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, tonight.
The loss came despite a rally that saw the TinCaps score the last three runs.
The game was tied at 4 heading into the fifth inning, when the Captains got an RBI double from Clint Frazier and an RBI single from Nellie Rodriguez, whose line-drive deflected off the pitcher, Justin Livengood, and into the hands of third baseman Dustin Peterson, who was too late to make a play.
The Captains tacked on two more runs in the sixth, for an 8-4 lead, when Brian Ruiz scored during a fielder’s choice and Claudio Bautista scored on a Frazier sacrifice fly.
Fort Wayne (56-72, 26-33 in second half) got two runs in the seventh, when Ronnie Richardson’s single scored Nick Schulz and Ossian’s Josh VanMeter. In the eighth, the TinCaps’ Jake Bauers scored on a Schulz groundout.
In the ninth, the TinCaps had a chance to tie it after Trea Turner had a no-outs double, but Ronnie Richardson and Fernando Perez struck out before a Franmil Reyes game-ending groundout with Turner on third base.
In front of 4,115 fans, Fort Wayne starter Jeffery Enloe pitched four innings, allowing six runs and eight hits, while striking out four and walking one. Lake County starter Luis Lugo went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs and seven hits, striking out six and walking one.
Richardson was 3 for 5 with two RBI.
For Lake County (58-70, 31-27), Frazier and Ivan Castillo were both 3 for 4.