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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, August 13, 2017 5:00 pm

TinCaps settle for series split with Hot Rods

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Starting pitcher Michel Baez allowed a season-high five runs Sunday, and the TinCaps settled for a split of their four-game series with Bowling Green, dropping the finale 6-4 before an announced crowd of 7,200 at Parkview Field.

Fort Wayne (58-61, 32-17 second half) had won five of Baez's six starts with the team entering Sunday, but the 6-foot-8 Cuban right-hander seemed off his game for the first time. He went five innings and gave up seven hits with a season-low five strikeouts.

The Hot Rods (61-55, 30-19) went ahead 3-0 in the third on Emilio Gustave's three-run home run and 4-0 in the fourth on Adrian Rondon's solo shot. They made it 5-1 in the fifth. Josh Lowe was called safe at the plate as he took an extra base on a teammate's infield single.

The TinCaps got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Hudson Potts hit his 13th homer of the season. In the sixth, Buddy Reed cut the deficit to 5-2 with an RBI double.

Bowling Green scored a run on a double-play grounder in the seventh. Fort Wayne responded in the bottom of the inning courtesy of G.K. Young's RBI double down the first-base line.

The Hot Rods' Deivy Mendez threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the ninth but earned the save by forcing Potts to ground out with a runner at third base.