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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:50 pm

TinCaps beat Great Lakes, 7-4, complete sweep

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

How it Happened

The TinCaps took an early lead and didn't relinquish it all afternoon. In the bottom of the first, trailing 1-0, Fort Wayne rallied with two outs. Tirso Ornelas reached on an infield single and Luis Campusano followed with a double deep to right that drove in the 18-year-old from first and tied the game. Justin Lopez then ripped a single to left to score Campusano and make it 2-1. Lopez reached second on an error and Gabriel Arias drove him in with a ground ball single to right, his second straight game with an RBI. 

After managing just one run in Saturday's game, Great Lakes got a gift tally in the first inning today. TinCaps starter Mason Thompson struck out the side in the inning, but also gave up a one-out double. With two outs, Carlos Rincon popped near first and four TinCaps converged on the ball. It fell between all four of them for a single and the runner scored from second to make it 1-0. Another infield single further prolonged the inning and Thompson had to throw 26 pitches to complete the inning.

Thompson had an up-and-down start. He had good stuff, sitting 92-94 mph with his fastball and dropping in several good curveballs that were as slow as 69 mph. On the other hand, he couldn't keep the Loons off base. He didn't pitch a single 1-2-3 inning and eventually exited in the fifth after giving up two singles and a walk after two were out.

The Loons got a run back to make it 3-2 in the third, but Fort Wayne responded with another run in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Luis Campusano walked and Justin Lopez advanced him to third with a double down the left-field line. Gabriel Arias flied deep to left, a ball that died at the warning track for a sacrifice fly and drove in Campusano for Arias' second RBI. Juan Fernandez followed with a clean single to left and Lopez scored to make it 5-2 after three innings. 

The teams continued trading runs into the middle innings. Great Lakes scored in the fourth on a Mitchell Hanson single and got another run in the fifth to chase Thompson from the game and draw within 5-4. Left-hander Ben Sheckler came in and got a strikeout with the tying run on third to preserve the lead. 

The TinCaps widened the lead with two runs in the fifth thanks to Ornelas and Campusano, who both had big days at the plate. Ornelas grounded a double the other way to start the inning and Campusano drove him in with a single over a drawn-in infield. Campusano reached third on a Gabriel Arias single and scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-4. After five innings, the TinCaps had 11 hits. 

Player of the Game: Luis Campusano

The TinCaps' All-Star catcher has been one of the team's best hitters for a month and had a big game Sunday while playing first base. Campusano went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He also scored three times and drove in two runs. He passes Ornelas for second on the team in RBI with 27 and had two hits for the second straight game. 

Facts and figures

The game was the final matchup of the first half for both teams. The TinCaps entered the day sixth in the Eastern Division, 15 games behind division champion Bowling Green. ... Tirso Ornelas went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, extending his on-base streak to 21 games, the second-longest active streak in the league. It also ties Juan Fernandez for the longest streak by a TinCap this season. ... Thompson went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) and striking out four. ... TinCaps relievers pitched 4 1/3 innings and did not give up a run. Evan Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to get his third save of the season. He struck out three. ... The Fort Wayne bullpen had a 1.17 ERA in this series in 15 1/3 innings. ... Loons leadoff hitter Brayan Morales entered the game with a league-leading 31 steals and stole third in the third inning. ... Great Lakes designated hitter Jared Walker argued after striking out looking in the first and then got ejected after striking out swinging in the fifth. It was the third Loons ejection of the series. ... Neither team went down 1-2-3 until the Loons did so in the eighth inning. ... The teams combined for 26 hits, 14 for the TinCaps. ... The heat index at first pitch was officially 101 degrees. 

What's next?

The TinCaps are off for the All-Star Break until Thursday, when they'll return to Parkview Field for a seven-game homestand (four against the West Michigan Whitecaps and three against Bowling Green) to begin the second half. The Midwest League All-Star Game, with four TinCaps on the Eastern Division roster, will be Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan.