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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 11:21 pm

Error-prone TinCaps lose to Loons


The TinCaps made three errors and gave up three unearned runs en route to a 6-3 loss Tuesday in the opening game of a crucial three-game series against the Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan.

The Loons' win leaves the TinCaps (59-66, 27-29 second half) percentage points behind Great Lakes (52-74, 28-30 second half) in the Eastern Division second half standings. 

Fort Wayne sent 18-year-old left-hander Ryan Weathers to the mound to start the game. Weathers, the 2018 No. 7 overall pick, was making his first Midwest League start after getting officially promoted from rookie ball earlier in the day Tuesday. He lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, though just two were earned. He struck out four and walked none.

Weathers was promoted because Osvaldo Hernandez, who leads the league in ERA (1.81) and wins (11), went on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation Tuesday. Manager Anthony Contreras called the injury "not serious."

The Loons broke through against Weathers in the third. Errors on second baseman Olivier Basabe and third baseman Owen Miller on back-to-back plays followed a Josh McClain single and put Great Lakes in front 1-0. Later in the inning, Weathers surrendered a two-out, two-run single to Devin Mann to make it a three-run Loons lead.

Great Lakes led 6-0 in the seventh when Jalen Washington scored the first Fort Wayne run on a wild pitch. Gabriel Arias made the final score closer with a two-run homer in the ninth, the shortstop's sixth extra-base hit in his last five games.