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The Journal Gazette

Monday, May 08, 2017 10:00 pm

TinCaps blanked by Timber Rattlers

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

In a game dominated by pitching, defensive misfortune ultimately proved the TinCaps' undoing Monday night.

Wisconsin scored on an error by Fernando Tatis Jr. in the eighth inning to snap a scoreless tie, and the Timber Rattlers won 2-0 before an announced crowd of 3,622 in the opener of a three-game series at Parkview Field.

Fort Wayne (11-20) received a stellar pitching performance from Jesse Scholtens, who went eight innings and did not allow an earned run. The right-hander allowed only three hits and had seven strikeouts.

The Timber Rattlers (13-15) broke through when Jose Cuas drilled a two-run triple off the wall in right field. As Cuas went into third base, Tatis tried to nab him with a relay throw, but the ball ended up bouncing off Cuas' shoulder and out of play to allow him to score.

In the ninth, Monte Harrison's RBI single came under unusual circumstances. His bat was shattered on the play, and first baseman G.K. Young appeared to believe the ball was foul as he fielded Harrison's chopper near the line. As the run scored, Young belatedly attempted to flip to the second baseman covering first. Harrison beat it out.

Cameron Roegner (2-1) pitched the final 3 1/3 innings for Wisconsin and struck out five batters, including all three he faced in the ninth.