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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:50 pm

TinCaps fall short against Snappers

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps made a game of it Friday night but could never get over the hump and come all the way back.

Fort Wayne closed within a run after Beloit led by six, but the Snappers pulled away again and held on for a 9-5 victory before an announced crowd of 5,417 at Parkview Field.

Will Headean (1-2) pitched five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. Counterpart Matt Milburn dealt four shutout innings, giving up four hits with strikeouts.

The Snappers (16-17) lost the series opener 10-2 on Thursday but surged to a 6-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning in the middle game.

That's when the TinCaps (13-22) finally broke through. Marcus Greene Jr. drew a bases-loaded walk, and Nate Easley delivered an RBI single. With two outs, Eguy Rosario hit a three-run triple to the gap in left-center field to close within 6-5.

In the seventh, Luke Persico launched a solo home run off Jose Galindo, and Nate Mondou cracked a two-run double in the eighth.

Beloit picked up momentum right away, as leadoff batter Mike Martin came home on a delayed steal before an out was recorded. Kyle Nowlin lined an RBI double down the left-field line, and Jason Goldstein capped the three-run first inning with an RBI single.

Fort Wayne gave up additional tallies in the third on Luis Barrera's sacrifice fly and the sixth on JaVon Shelby's solo homer.

Overall, the TinCaps were outhit 14-6.