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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 31, 2018 8:40 pm

TinCaps beat Hot Rods 5-3 in Game 1, set up rubber match

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps evened the series against Bowling Green in the first game of the Thursday doubleheader between the teams. Fort Wayne won 5-3 in a game that was played in seven innings, per MiLB rules. 

The TinCaps got to Hot Rods starter Alex Valverde early, scoring four runs in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Jalen Washington singled in the first run and Jack Suwinski followed with a rocket home run to right field that traveled 379 feet and jumped off his bat at 105 mph. It was the third homer of the year for Suwinski, who homered twice in his first five games, but hadn't gone deep since April 11.

That was all the offense the Fort Wayne pitching staff would need. Nick Margevicius (4-2) didn't pitch particularly well compared to his past few starts, but he was good enough to get the win. He pitched five innings, giving up three runs and striking out six while only walking one. His four wins are tied for the most on the team with Mason Thompson, who started the second game. 

Margevicius left with a 4-3 lead and the TinCaps got an insurance run in the sixth when 18-year-old Justin Lopez homered for the second time in this series, his third of the season. The TinCaps got scoreless innings from relief aces Evan Miller and Travis Radke. Radke picked up his seventh save of the season with a scoreless seventh.

Fort Wayne (24-28) can sweep the doubleheader with a win tonight. Thompson will oppose Bowling Green's Josh Fleming, who has a 1.17 ERA in four starts this year.