Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:40 pm
TinCaps crumble late in 5th straight loss
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
A pair of late-inning errors and a quiet offense contributed to the TinCaps losing their fifth straight game.
South Bend scored twice in the seventh inning and added three runs in the eighth en route to a 5-1 victory on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Parkview Field.
Fort Wayne led 1-0 and was an out away from escaping the top of the seventh when second baseman Reinaldo Ilarraza mishandled a routine ground ball to allow the tying run to score. No. 8 hitter Tyler Payne followed with a go-ahead RBI single off Jerry Keel, who went seven innings and gave up six hits with five strikeouts.
Eguy Rosario, the TinCaps' designated hitter, went 1 for 4 with an RBI double and a walk. Fernando Tatis Jr. went 2 for 4 with a walk but struck out to end the bottom of the seventh and strand the tying run at third.
In the eighth, South Bend went in front 3-1 on a run-scoring error by Brad Zunica, who fell victim to a difficult bounce at first base. A two-run home run by Christopher Pieters off Mark Zimmerman capped the Cubs' uprising.
Fort Wayne (7-14) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but South Bend (13-8) sealed the deal when G.K. Young struck out and Rosario grounded out to first.
Paid attendance was announced as 3,361 on a cold, gray evening.