Dwanya Williams-Sutton took another step toward a Fort Wayne record and the TinCaps rallied late from a five-run deficit, but they ultimately fell short and lost to the Great Lakes Loons 6-4 on Tuesday at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan.
The Loons (65-39, 22-15 second half) took the lead for good in the first inning against Fort Wayne starter Ryan Weathers. Great Lakes' first four batters all had hits, driving in three runs. Weathers eventually gave up five runs in five innings, striking out four and walking none. He took the loss to drop to 3-5.
The TinCaps trailed 5-0 in the seventh, but rallied for four runs to make it close. The big blow was a bases-loaded triple from No. 9 hitter Tyler Benson. Tucupita Marcano followed with a single, one of his two hits, to score Benson and make it 5-4.
That was as close as Fort Wayne got and Great Lakes shortstop Leonel Valera ripped a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to provide an insurance run. Valera was 3 for 4 and drove in two.
Williams-Sutton got drilled by a pitch in the fourth inning, extending his on-base streak to 17 games. He's been hit 21 times this season, the most in the Midwest League and just two shy of the Fort Wayne record of 23.
Note: TinCaps starter Omar Cruz was placed on the 7-day injured list effective Saturday, the team announced Tuesday. He was replaced on the Fort Wayne roster by right-handed reliever Mason Fox, who was promoted from short-season Tri-City. Fox has struck out 32 in 19 innings with the Dust Devils, posting a 0.95 ERA.