In his TinCaps debut, Jesus Gonzalez couldn’t have been much better.
The youngest player in the Midwest League, and the first TinCap to be born in 2001, went five innings, gave up two hits, a run and threw 40 strikes in 65 pitches to lead Fort Wayne to a 9-4 win over South Bend in front of an announced crowd of 7,133 at Parkview Field on Thursday night.
It was much better performance by Fort Wayne (28-38) than Wednesday’s 13-4 drudging to open the final homestand of the season.
Dwanya Williams-Sutton launched two homers and added four RBI.
His first homer was 375 feet to left center, with an exit velocity of 99 mph, to give Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead after two innings.
Williams-Sutton added a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to score Michael Curry and stretch the lead to 7-1. Later in the inning, Chris Givin doubled to score two runs before being called out trying to make it to third.
Williams-Sutton was all over the scoring plays Thursday. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, he was walked and Chandler Seagle scored to put Fort Wayne up 2-0. Then, a wild pitch scored Jawuan Harris and gave the TinCaps a 3-0 advantage.
The Cubs (36-29) fought back a bit when Yonathan Perlaza broke up Gonzalez’s no-hitter on a line drive double. A Marcus Mastrobuoni RBI single brought home Perlaza to make it 3-1.
A Givins RBI double scored Justin Lopez and Ethan Skender in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-1.
TinCaps pitcher Franklin Van Gurp gave up three straight hits in the top of the eighth, scoring two runs, and Fort Wayne closer Henry Henry gave up one run in the top of the ninth.