Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:20 pm
TinCaps secure 1st 4-game sweep since 2010
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
Fernando Tatis Jr. homered, and Hudson Potts and Reinaldo Ilarraza drove in two runs apiece as Fort Wayne prevailed 7-4 to finish off the sweep of South Bend before an announced crowd of 7,658 at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps (33-45, 7-1 second half) took control with five runs in the fifth inning and extended their season-long winning streak to six.
The Cubs (40-37, 1-7) jumped on top early with a 3-0 lead after two innings. Vimael Machin hit an RBI single and Isaac Paredes an RBI groundout in the first, and Will Stillman threw a second-inning wild pitch to bring home Adonis Paula, who had advanced to third base on a balk.
Fort Wayne began to claw back in the third on Tatis' 11th homer of the year. A.J. Kennedy hit an RBI single in the fifth, and four batters later South Bend's Bryan Hudson depart with a 3-2 lead after allowing six hits in 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.
Potts and Marcus Greene Jr. drew back-to-back bases-loaded walks off Jared Cheek to put the TinCaps ahead 4-3, and Ilarraza capped the uprising with a two-run single.
Stillman went five innings and gave up four runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Machin's homer off Stillman brought the Cubs within 6-4.
Fort Wayne restored its three-run edge on Potts' RBI grounder in the seventh. The bullpen finished up behind Will Headean and Wilmer Torres pitching two innings apiece.
The team's most recent sweep of a series at least four games in length was at Lansing in August 2010.