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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:00 pm

TinCaps win second game, 6-3, sweep doubleheader against West Michigan

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

How it Happened

The TinCaps put this game away in the first inning. Robbie Podorsky, who has been all over the field lately using his speed to make things happen, did so again in the first, hitting a ground ball to short and beating it out for a hit. Tirso Ornelas followed with a single and Luis Campusano drove Podorsky in with a solid single to right, his 28th RBI of the season. Justin Lopez, the youngest player in the Midwest League, lofted a long fly ball to right that kept carrying over the fence for a three-run home that made it 4-0. The blast was Lopez's fourth of the season and first in June. 

Fort Wayne added a run in the second when Tirso Ornelas walked with the bases loaded and starter Tom Cosgrove took it from there. Cosgrove was solid in his first start in 11 days, joining Game 1 starter Mason Thompson in pitching deep into the game. The left-hander rolled through the first three innings, striking out four and and flashing a 93 mph fastball. He got some help from Podorsky with a runner on first in the third inning. Eric De La Rosa lined to the center fielder, who made a diving catch coming and doubled the runner off with a strong throw. 

The Whitecaps picked up a couple of runs with two outs in the fourth when Garrett McCain and Anthony Pereira both provided run-scoring hits. Fort Wayne responded in the bottom half, however, as Jack Suwinski continued his big day with a double down the right-field line. He reached third on an error on the play and came home when Podorsky lashed a ground ball right at drawn-in second baseman Alexis Garcia, who booted it for an error. Suwinski scored to make it 6-2.

Player of the Game: Jack Suwinski

This is something of a selection for his combined performance in the two games, which was stellar. In the two games combined, the leftfielder went 4 for 5 with a home run, a double and a walk. He also scored three times and nearly crossed the plate a fourth time, but was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch.

Facts & figures

This is the second time this season the TinCaps have swept a doubleheader, after they swept one from Bowling Green on May 31. ... Cosgrove went five innings, giving up two runs and striking out six. It was his first start since June 13. ... West Michigan starter Endrys Briceno was making just his second start of the season and his first in the Midwest League since 2013. He pitched in High-A Lakeland from 2014-17. He went three innings and gave up five runs. ... Tirso Ornelas went 1 for 1 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored extending his on-base streak to 25 games. That's the second-longest active streak in the league and longest by a TinCap this season. ... Lopez's home run went 376 feet and left his bat at 94 mph. ... Former IPFW right-hander Evan Miller pitched the final two innings, giving up one run and striking out three. His ERA is now 1.71.

What's next?

The TinCaps remain at home for a three-game series at Parkview Field against the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the first-half Eastern Division champions. The Hot Rods had won 13 games in a row before losing to Lake County on Saturday. Fort Wayne left-hander Nick Margevicius (4-4, 3.09 ERA) will start the series-opener Monday after pitching a scoreless inning in Wednesday's Midwest League All-Star Game.