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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:20 pm

TinCaps lose 2nd straight to Cubs

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps held a lead after the fifth inning Tuesday night. By the time the game was over, that fact seemed easy to forget.

South Bend erupted for six runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, and the Cubs won for the second straight day at Parkview Field, taking a 7-2 decision in which they outhit Fort Wayne 12-5.

The TinCaps did load the bases with one out in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the on-deck circle, but Michael Knighton struck out Rod Boykin swinging and forced Jack Suwinski to ground to second base for the final out.

Wasted was a fine start from Will Headean, who pitched six innings and held the Cubs to two runs on five hits. Headean struck out six.

Wilmer Torres relieved and was charged with four earned runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, and Lou Distasio gave up another run on five hits as he worked the final 2 1/3 innings.

Fort Wayne led 1-0 on Suwinski's third-inning RBI single, and South Bend committed a run-scoring error in the fifth to give the TinCaps a 2-1 edge.

But the Cubs' pitching proved too much, especially starter Kyle Miller, who gave up only one earned run in 4 2/3 innings. Knighton earned the win.

South Bend (3-3) can sweep Fort Wayne (2-4) with a win Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series.