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TinCaps top Whitecaps in Gore's second start at Parkview Field

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The TinCaps overcame a three-run deficit to beat the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers), 5-3, on Monday night at Parkview Field.

 

Fort Wayne (15-21) sent left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore to the mound. Gore went three innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out three in his third start of the season.

 

Gore was followed on the mound by Mason Thompson who went four innings out of the bullpen, only allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out six.

 

West Michigan (19-17) got to Gore in the top of the first. Alexis Garcia grounded a ball off the third-base bag to collect the first hit of the game with one out in the inning. The next batter, Dylan Rosa, homered on a fly ball to right field, giving the Whitecaps the lead, 2-0.

 

After the home run, Colby Bortles reached first base on a wild pitch third strike to put a runner on first for Reynaldo Rivera who sent a double to left-center field, scoring Bortles and extending the West Michigan advantage to 3-0.

 

The TinCaps responded in the bottom of the first inning. With third baseman Esteury Ruiz on third and right fielder Tirso Ornelas on first, 19-year-old catcher Luis Campusano sent a line drive to right-center field, scoring Ruiz and cutting the deficit to 3-1.

 

With Ornleas at third base after the RBI single, designated hitter Luis Almanzar picked up his first RBI in a TinCaps uniform with a sacrifice fly to center field to pull within one run, 3-2.

 

Fort Wayne tied the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the second inning when Ruiz lined a ball down the left-field line to score center fielder Jeisson Rosario all the way from first base.

 

The TinCaps took the lead in the bottom of the third inning when left fielder Jack Suwinski drove in Almanzar from third on a fielder’s choice to give Fort Wayne a 4-3 edge.

 

The home team added one more run for insurance in the bottom of the seventh due to three errors defensively by West Michigan to take a 5-3 lead that would hold.

 

Reliever Travis Radke came on in the top of the eighth inning with two runners on to shut the door for the TinCaps and record a six-out save, allowing two hits and striking out two.

 

Next Game

Tuesday, May 15 vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (7:05 p.m.)

- TinCaps Probable Starter: LHP Osvaldo Hernandez

- Whitecaps Probable Starter: RHP Elvin Rodriguez

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