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Saturday, August 18, 2018 12:40 am

TinCaps beat South Bend, 6-5, second game rained out

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

How it Happened

The winning runs came across in the TinCaps' half of the seventh. Shortstop Gabriel Arias led off and smoked a double down the left-field line. The ball jumped off his bat at 109 mph and might have been a triple had it not been hit so hard. Later in the inning, No. 9 hitter Kelvin Melean worked a 2-0 count and got a fastball middle-in. He took advantage and ripped it 358 feet to left field for his first home run at Parkview Field. The blast put Fort Wayne ahead 6-4.

TinCaps starter Tom Cosgrove and Cubs starter Javier Assad each zipped through the first two innings, but in the third, Cosgrove ran into trouble. Second baseman Clayton Daniel pulled his hands in on an inside fastball and dropped a double down the left-field line. Before the following hitter, Chris Singleton, saw a pitch, the home plate umpire called a balk on Cosgrove and Daniel moved to third. That came into play when Singleton squibbed a grounder to first, letting Daniel dash home for the first run of the game. Cosgrove seemed a little upset with how the inning went and before it was over had unleashed a pair of 94 mph fastballs on back-to-back pitches for the first time this season. He struck out the side to escape without further damage.

Assad no-hit the TinCaps into the fourth inning and faced the minimum through the first 11 hitters. With two outs and the bases empty in the fourth, however, Owen Miller bounced a single through the right side for Fort Wayne's first hit. He reached second on a wild pitch and the red-hot Suwinski knocked him in with single to left. The RBI hit knotted score at 1. 

The TinCaps took a commanding lead in the sixth. With the score deadlocked at 1, Jalen Washington led off and ripped a double just inside the line at third base. The ball went into the South Bend bullpen, where a reliever caught it, thinking it was foul and ending the play. Jeisson Rosario walked two batters later to put two on and Olivier Basabe gave his team the lead when he dumped a single into left. Later in the inning, Jack Suwinski came up with two on and two out and grounded a single back through the middle, driving in both runs and putting his team in front 4-1, an advantage it would not relinquish.

Undaunted, the Cubs rallied in the top of the seventh against relievers Reiss Knehr and Evan Miller. A leadoff walk to Clayton Daniel and a single from Chris Singleton were the first signs of trouble. Jose Gutierrez then grounded slowly to second. Esteury Ruiz picked up the ball and tagged Singleton and fired to first for what looked like a nifty double play. The umpire ruled that Singleton had run into Ruiz, interfering with him and making the play dead immediately. Unfortunately for the TinCaps, the runner's interference by rule put Gutierrez on first and only the runner was out. Delvin Zinn made it hurt when he launched a two-run triple to left-center off Miller and scored himself on a Miguel Amaya ground ball to tie the game at 4. In essence, runner interference on the Cubs helped them score two extra runs.

The Cubs scored a run in the ninth to get within one and loaded the bases against Dylan Coleman with one out, but third baseman Justin Filiere bounced into a 6-4 double play and the TinCaps held on.

Player of the Game: Tom Cosgrove

The 22-year-old went five innings and gave up just one run on three hits. Cosgrove struck out 11 hitters, which was not only a career-high, but also a season-high for any TinCaps pitcher. He whiffed the side in the first, third and fifth innings. The left-hander was almost completely unhittable outside of the rally in the third inning and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth after he'd walked two. He got a no-decision.

Facts and Figures

The game began after a rain delay of 3 hours, 49 minutes. A doubleheader was originally scheduled, but the long delay postponed the second game. No new inning can start after 12:50 a.m., per MiLB curfew rules and the game ended at 12:22. ... The win was the TinCaps' fifth in a row, their longest streak since a six-game stretch from June 24-28. ... Suwinski went 2 for 3 with three RBI. He has 14 RBI in August and is hitting .385 in the month. His season average is .232. ... Melean's home run left his bat at 95 mph and was his fourth with the TinCaps in 31 games. ... Cosgrove waited more than 26 hours after his originally-scheduled start (7 p.m. Thursday) to finally pitch. ... Cubs Nos. 8-9 hitters Daniel and Singleton combined to go 4 for 6 with two walks, two doubles and two runs scored. ... It was Harry Potter Night at Parkview Field and the team wore jerseys featuring lightning bolts inspired by the popular book series. Mascot Johnny wore black robes. ... The announced attendance was 7,730.

What's Next?

The TinCaps leave Saturday for their longest road trip of the season, a 10-game stretch in which they will play three games against Lansing, three against Great Lakes and finally four against South Bend, before returning for their final home series of the season, Aug. 29-31 against the Lake County Captains.

dsinn@jg.net