How it Happened
Hosea Nelson led off the top of the second inning with a double off the outfield wall in center-left, and TinCaps left-hander Omar Cruz, in his second appearance for Fort Wayne, next walked Miguel Jerez. Josh Rolette moved over both runners on a sacrifice bunt, and Nelson came around to score on a sacrifice fly to left by Cody Farhat. Daniel Schneeman followed with a single, and Jerez came around to score. The throw in from the outfield made it to home plate in time, but Juan Fernandez dropped the ball before he could tag Jerez, who scored to make it 2-0.
But the TinCaps came back in the bottom of the second as Grant Little was walked and Fernandez hit a screaming double right along the third-base line. Little scored on the hit and Fernandez advanced on the errant throw home. Captains pitcher Luis Oviedo then issued another walk to Luis Almanzar, and Lee Solomon then hit a single to score Fernandez from third and tie the game 2-2. Two fly outs, including one impressive catch in left field, ended the TinCaps rally.
The TinCaps took the lead in the sixth inning as Dwanya Williams-Sutton led off with a single and Michael Curry walked. Little moved over both with a sacrifice bunt, and then both runners scored on a single by Juan Fernandez.
But disaster struck when Henry Henry took the mound for the TinCaps in the eight inning. Pinch hitter Makesiondon Kelkboom demolished the first pitch he saw from Henry for a solo home run to left, and Nelson followed with a double. Nelson came home on a single by Josh Rolette to tie the game at 4-4, and then Cody Farhat knocked in the go-ahead run with a triple to the corner in right field. Henry was charged with the blown save and the loss.
The TinCaps went down in order in the bottom of the eighth and Xavier Edwards tried to keep the rally alive with a single in the bottom of the ninth, but they couldn't get back in the game, and Henry was saddled with the blown save and loss.
Cruz lasted for five innings, allowing four hits and walking two while striking out eight, an improvement from his Fort Wayne debut when he gave up three runs in 3 and 2/3 innings.
Cody Tyler pitched two scoreless innings for the TinCaps, allowing just one hit.
It was the TinCaps seventh loss in eight games, and it ended a chance to salvage a 4-game series split with the Captains. Instead of leaving Parkview Field with a good taste in their mouths, the TinCaps will now travel to Great Lakes, Burlington and Clinton before their next game in Fort Wayne on July 17.
Player of the Game: Juan Fernandez
If he had made the play at the plate in the second inning, the TinCaps might've escaped with a win, but Fernandez was still the standout player of the game for the TinCaps, knocking in three of Fort Wayne's four runs and recording the TinCaps' only extra base hit of the night.
Facts and Figures
The TinCaps were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 18 with RISP in the two previous games. ... The double hit by Miguel Jerez in the sixth inning left the bat at 111 miles per hour, making it the hardest hit ball at Parkview Field this season. ... After drawing an all-time record crowd of 9,508 on the Fourth of July, announced attendance Friday was 7,228. The TinCaps' Star Wars jerseys were auctioned off, raising $3,370 for the Make A Wish Foundation.