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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:30 pm

Avila roughed up as TinCaps drop Game 1

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Pedro Avila struck out one hitter after another, 12 in all, displaying the type of stuff that made the TinCaps so comfortable starting him in Game 1 of the Midwest League Championship Series.

One problem. Avila gave up the second-most runs of his professional career, and Quad Cities rode a five-run first inning to a 6-3 triumph on Wednesday night before an announced crowd of 1,874 at Parkview Field.

No sooner had the best-of-five series begun than Fort Wayne found itself starting at a daunting deficit. Back-to-back singles to start the contest set up Chuckie Robinson's RBI groundout, and Abraham Toro's RBI triple and J.J. Matijevic's three-run home run capped the outburst that left Avila shaking his head.

Avila would recover to complete six innings, but he gave up six runs on seven hits, an outlay his offense failed to match.

Nate Easley's two-run homer in the first and Justin Lopez's RBI single in the fourth were all the TinCaps could muster on a chilly, wet evening.

Robinson, a hard-hitting catcher who had 15 homers in the regular season, smacked one over the left-field fence in the third to make it 6-2.

The TinCaps' hitters handled starter Cristian Javier. He went 3 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Quad Cities' bullpen shut them down from that point forward with Jesus Balaguer (three innings, seven strikeouts) and Robert Corniel (2 1/3 innings).

Game 2 is Thursday night at Parkview Field.