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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 25, 2018 10:30 pm

Lansing 5, TinCaps 4

TinCaps lose opener of series to Lansing

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The TinCaps overcame an early deficit in the opener of a four-game series against first-place Lansing, but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead in the late innings and the Lugnuts won 5-4 at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Michigan.

Lansing (31-17) jumped in front with three runs in the first inning against TinCaps starter Mason Thompson, who struggled for the first time in May. The first four Lugnuts in a row reached base on two singles, a double and an error, bringing in two runs. A third Lugnut crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly, putting Fort Wayne (21-26) in an early hole.

Undaunted, the TinCaps chipped away and sliced into the Lansing lead in the middle innings. Robbie Podorsky doubled in a run in the third and Justin Lopez tripled to drive in Luis Almanzar in the fourth.

In the sixth, Fort Wayne went in front when Gabriel Arias tripled to deep left field, driving in two runs and giving the TinCaps a 4-3 lead. 

Former IPFW right-hander Evan Miller held the lead into the seventh, continuing his stellar season. Miller pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and retiring all five hitters he faced to lower his ERA to 0.51.

Miller's fellow reliever Jordan Guerrero couldn't hold the lead, however. In the seventh, the hard-throwing right-hander surrendered a single and then a double that tied the score. He then got two outs before Samad Taylor laced a triple to center, bringing in Kevin Vicuna with the go-ahead run.

Lansing right-hander Maximo Castillo pitched the final five innings of the game to earn the win. He retired the final six TinCaps in a row after Lansing went back in front.