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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:40 pm

TinCaps get swept in doubleheader

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps' five-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday afternoon when the West Michigan Whitecaps swept them in a doubleheader at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan. West Michigan took the first game 1-0 and ran away with the second 8-1.

The first game was scoreless into the seventh and final inning, when the Whitecaps (25-19) loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of singles and an intentional walk. With the winning run on third, Fort Wayne reliever Ben Sheckler balked, ending the game and the winning streak.

The TinCaps (20-24) got another excellent start from left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez, who became the seventh straight Fort Wayne starter to pitch at least five innings and give up three or fewer runs. The 20-year-old Hernandez tossed six shutout innings, striking out a season-high eight and walking none. He lowered his ERA to 2.50.

Luis Patino, the youngest pitcher in the Midwest League, started the second game for Fort Wayne and was unable to match Hernandez. The right-hander gave up seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, as the TinCaps fell behind 8-0 by the end of the fourth. Of the 13 hits the Whitecaps recorded in the game, 11 were singles.

The only run the TinCaps managed in the two games came in the fifth inning of the second contest, when designated hitter Juan Fernandez doubled to left, driving in Luis Almanzar. Fernandez had three of the seven Fort Wayne hits in the two games.

The Whitecaps got a pair of solid starts from right-hander Matt Manning in the first game and fellow righty Burris Warner in the second. They combined to strike out 17 TinCaps in 10 2/3 innings, giving up one run. Manning, the No. 9 pick in the 2016 draft, pitched six shutout innings to match Hernandez in the first game.

The teams will play again Wednesday at 11:05 a.m. in Fifth Third Ballpark.