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  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The TinCaps' Solomon Lee awaits a pick-off attempt as the Loons' Chris Roller dives back to first base during the first inning of Sunday's game at Parkview Field.

Monday, July 01, 2019 1:00 am

Great Lakes 9 TinCaps 3

TinCaps unable to dig out of early hole

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

TinCaps vs. Great Lakes

Where: Parkview Field

When: 7:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Gabe Mosser (TinCaps) vs. John Rooney (Loons)

TV: Xfinity 81

Radio: 1380 AM, 100.9 FM

The TinCaps lost a wrenching game Saturday night, falling 7-6 in 10 innings and leaving 18 runners on base. 

They had a chance to rebound in front a big Sunday afternoon crowd, but instead went the other way, looking lethargic in yet another loss to the Great Lakes Loons, who seem to have Fort Wayne's number.

Loons leadoff hitter Miguel Vargas had a career game, mashing two home runs and adding a triple, double, four RBI and scoring four runs to lead his team to a 9-3 victory over the TinCaps at Parkview Field in front of an announced crowd of 4,739.

The loss was the third in a row for the TinCaps (36-42, 3-7 second half) and seventh in eight games against the Loons in June. The previous three losses to Great Lakes (48-29, 5-5) were by one run, but Fort Wayne fell behind 3-0 in the first inning Sunday and never got closer than two runs the rest of the day.

“(The Loons) are a really good team and we just have to come out and play our game,” TinCaps outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton said.

“We have to focus on the little things, let the little things take us over and hopefully we can get more wins.”

Williams-Sutton was a bright spot at the plate for the TinCaps, driving his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, 357 feet to left in the sixth inning. The blast cut his team's deficit to seven runs. 

It was the 21-year-old outfielder's first home run since coming off the injured list June 23 and his second against Loons pitcher Jose Chacin this season.

“I only saw one pitch that at-bat and it was a changeup,” Williams-Sutton said. “The last time we played (Great Lakes), I hit a home run off (Chacin) with the same pitch, a changeup high and that at-bat I just went up there looking for a changeup.

“That's what he threw me right down the middle.”

Vargas had already pushed the Loons far in front by that point, however. The Great Lakes third baseman hit a solo homer in the second, added a three-run blast in the fourth and tripled and scored in a two-run sixth-inning rally. He came into the game with just one home run all season in 312 plate appearances.

TinCaps starter Angel Acevedo went three innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits. He took the loss to drop to 0-7 this season, while Chacin got the win, working a career-high eight innings.

The only tally against the Loons' right-hander aside from Williams-Sutton's homer came in the first inning. Xavier Edwards led off with a long fly ball to center that ended up as a sliding triple and then scored on a shallow sacrifice fly to right. It was an aggressive attempt to score, but he slid in safely headfirst.

“I thought about (going) for a second,” Edwards said. “Just the way (right fielder Dan Robinson) was coming up to it, I thought I had it. I took a chance and I made it.”

Note: It was Cancer Survivors Day at Parkview Field and the TinCaps wore specialty jerseys designed to raise awareness for different types of cancer. The jerseys were auctioned off and the proceeds, which totaled $3,784.50, went to the Transformative Cancer Care Fund at the Parkview Foundation.