Fort Wayne, Indiana
The division-leading Great Lakes Loons jumped on TinCaps pitching early and often, resulting in a rain-shortened 11-0 shutout of the home team.
In his third start since returning from injury, prospect Ryan Weathers had his roughest outing of the season.
On the second pitch of the game, the Loons’ Miguel Vargas crushed a home run to dead center, clearing the 400-foot marker. Weathers walked the second batter, Jacob Amaya, and Dillon Paulson followed with a single through the hole between third and short. Clean-up hitter Jair Camargo clocked a stand-up double to score Amaya and put runners on second and third. Luke Heyer grounded out to second for the inning’s first out, and Paulson came home. James Outman then chopped a grounder that shortstop Justin Lopez charged, hoping for a play at the plate. Lopez looked toward home too soon, however, and the ball scooted under his glove, allowing Camargo to cross the plate for a 4-0 lead.
Although Weathers retired the Loons three-up, three-down in the second, the Loons added two more in the third. Paulson hit a one-out single, and Camargo followed with the second home run to deep center field, giving the Loons a 6-0 lead.
Cody Tyler took the mound and recorded the last out of the third, but the Loons added even more in the fourth. With two outs, Loons’ number nine batter Chris Roller singled, and Michael Vargas followed with another to put runners at the corners. Tyler walked the bases loaded, and Paulson launched a grand slam to right-center field, to bring the score to 10-0.
The TinCaps did not fare much better on the offensive side of the ball, managing four hits in seven innings of at-bats, only one of which was for extra bases. In addition, Loons’ pitchers collected nine strikeouts.
The Loons added one final run in the eighth as the rain started falling.
The weather quickly turned into a significant storm, and umpires called players off the field with one out and runners on second and third. The series wraps up Sunday afternoon.
Announced attendance was 6,447
The first four batters of the Loons lineup all had multiple hit games, except for Amaya, who had one hit and two walks.
Ken A. Bugajski lives and works in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An English professor by trade, he spends many summer nights with his wife and daughter at Parkview Field, home of the TinCaps.