The only thing that seemed it could stop the TinCaps tonight was Mother Nature.
She did in the top of the seventh inning with torrential rain so bad it was declared a severe thunderstorm warning, but not before the game itself had been deemed official – with a 9-0 Fort Wayne victory.
Fort Wayne (16-22) got sterling performances from the mound and the plate – Joey Cantillo gave up only one hit – and Lansing (17-22) saw its winning streak come to an end at three games.
The TinCaps had 13 hits.
It was “Colts at Bat” night at Parkview Field and the Indianapolis Colts’ Marlon Mack, Jabaal Sheard, mascot Blue and cheerleaders were on hand. (A video interview with Mack and Sheard is above.)
The TinCaps’ offense took charge in the second and third innings with three runs in both to take a 6-0 lead.
Nick Feight got the scoring going with an RBI single on a line drive to right field. The next batter, Jawuan Harris, brought in two runs with a ground ball single to left field.
In the third inning, a Tucupita Marcano leadoff double was followed by a Justin Lopez’s RBI single and Luis Almanzar’s line-drive triple to left field that brought home two more for the 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile, the TinCaps’ pitching was spot on; Cantillo worked six innings and struck out six without walking a single batter. While Cantillo gave up a hit in the second inning to Rafael Lantigua, he didn’t allow another.
TinCaps pitchers came into the night with the fewest walks among Midwest League pitching with only 116 over 313 innings.
Fort Wayne tacked on three more runs, to take a 9-0 lead, in the sixth inning when a Lopez triple to right field brought in a run and a Grant Little double to left field brought in two more.
Little, an outfielder, has hit safely in seven straight games and gone 10 of 24 along the way, all on the heels of a 0-for-22 stretch from April 25 to May 3.
Marcano and Little were both 3 for 4.
This was the first game of an eight-game homestand for the TinCaps – their longest of the season – and it may be well timed since they came in having won only 3 of 8 games on the road trip that culminated with a 10-6 loss to the Lake County Captains on Wednesday.