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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, April 30, 2017 4:30 pm

TinCaps hold off Cubs for series split

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Brad Zunica hit his fourth home run of the season, G.K. Young drove in two runs and David Bednar earned the save as the TinCaps held off South Bend 8-5 on Sunday at Parkview Field.

Fort Wayne (9-15) earned a split of the four-game series largely on the strength of a six-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning after the Cubs had seized a 3-1 lead in the top of the frame.

Zunica's two-run homer to right-center field capped the uprising, which began with Reinaldo Ilarraza's RBI groundout and continued with Young's two-run single and Rosario's RBI triple.

Webster Rivas extended the lead to 8-5 with a solo homer in the eighth, which came in handy because South Bend (14-10) brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth. Bednar retired Kevonte Mitchell, who in the second had crushed a homer off the Harrison building, on a slow roller to second base to end the game.

Reinaldo Ilarraza, who made a barehanded scoop on the grounder for the final out, had struggled mightily in the seventh, committing errors on three straight plays. Two of those allowed runs to score, cutting Fort Wayne's lead from 7-3 to 7-5.