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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:50 pm

TinCaps' win streak reaches 6

Journal Gazette

The TinCaps' winning streak reached a season-high six games Thursday when Jalen Washington blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth and Jeisson Rosario lofted a go-ahead sacrifice fly to center in the 11th to propel Fort Wayne to a 5-4 road victory against the Lake County Captains at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.

The TinCaps (38-39, 6-2 second half) totaled just five hits and struck out 12 times, but Washington's blast in the eighth knotted the game at 2 after Fort Wayne trailed 2-0 since the first inning. 

The home run was Washington's third of the season and second in June. It came with two outs, after Luis Almanzar had walked to keep the inning alive.

Neither team scored in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings. The new MiLB rule placing a runner on second base at the beginning of each extra inning helped both teams score a run in the 10th. The TinCaps' run came across when reliever Kyle Nelson unleashed a wild pitch for Lake County (31-47, 2-6), letting Jack Suwinski dash home.

In the 11th, Washington started at second and moved to third on another wild pitch. Rosario brought him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3, but the TinCaps weren't done. Esteury Ruiz walked and stole second – his 24th steal of the season – and moved to third on a throwing error. Tirso Ornelas plated him with a sacrifice fly.

Left-hander MacKenzie Gore, the 2017 No. 3 overall draft pick, started for the TinCaps. He pitched four innings, his longest outing of the season, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and striking out five. 

The Fort Wayne bullpen was dominant, pitching seven innings without giving up an earned run. Left-hander Ben Sheckler pitched three innings to earn his second win and former IPFW right-hander Evan Miller worked the 11th to earn his fifth save.