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The Journal Gazette

Friday, June 29, 2018 10:30 pm

TinCaps' 6-game winning streak ends


The TinCaps' season-long six-game winning streak came to an end Friday in the 11th inning when third baseman Nolan Jones singled to center, driving in Oscar Gonzalez and sending the Lake County Captains to a 2-1 victory at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.

It was the second straight extra-inning game the teams have played in this series, with the TinCaps (38-40, 6-3 second half) winning the series-opener 5-4 in 11 innings Thursday.

Friday's game was scoreless into the third inning, when Jalen Washington cracked a solo home run to left field off Lake County starter Gregori Vasquez that put Fort Wayne in front 1-0. It was Washington's second straight game with a homer and his fourth of the season.

Fort Wayne held the one-run lead until the seventh, when Jonathan Laureano knocked in Erlin Cerda with a single to center off starter Luis Patino, knotting the score at 1.

The run was the only tally Patino surrendered in his longest start of the season. The right-hander, 18, who is the youngest pitcher in the Midwest League, pitched 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and giving up just three hits and a walk.

Patino has given up two runs or fewer in six straight starts since May 28 and lowered his ERA to 2.95 with his performance Friday. He's struck out 41 in 36 2/3 innings this season.

The TinCaps were unable to push a run across in either the 10th or the 11th, despite the new minor-league rule that puts a runner on second to start each extra inning. Fort Wayne went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position in those two innings alone.

In the decisive bottom of the 11th, a ground ball moved the runner to third with one out and two intentional walks loaded the bases, setting up Jones' heroics.

Reliever Nick Gallagher pitched four scoreless innings for the Captains (32-47, 3-6) and got the win to improve to 2-2. TinCaps lefty Travis Radke pitched 2 2/3 scoreless, striking out six, but right-hander Caleb Boushley surrendered Jones' game-winner.