FORT WAYNE, Ind. – There was no fairytale ending for the TinCaps on Princess Night at Parkview Field, as Fort Wayne fell to the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate), 4-3, on Tuesday. The visitors from Midland, Mich., played the role of villains in front of 4,503 fans on a 90-plus-degree night. 
Fort Wayne (26-38) had the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth, but came up short. The ‘Caps, who were coming off a franchise-record-tying 22-hit game Sunday at Lansing in a 14-0 win, went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base while also hitting into a double play. 
Meanwhile, Great Lakes (39-25) won its sixth consecutive game to move ahead of Dayton for first place in the Midwest League’s East Division first-half race by a half-game with only two nights remaining. 
TinCaps third baseman Lucas Dunn went 3-for-4 with a walk. Right fielder Agustin Ruiz was 2-for-4, including a double, his team’s lone extra-base hit. 
However, the Loons took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. ‘Caps starter Dwayne Matos had retired 10 consecutive batters but a two-out walk and a hit brought up Jonny DeLuca, who launched a three-run homer. 
Fort Wayne got a run back in the sixth, only to allow another two out run in the top of the seventh — this time unearned. 
The TinCaps pulled closer with an RBI hit by designtated hitter Brandon Valenzuela in the seventh, and a run-scoring bunt hit by catcher Anthony Vilar in the eighth. 
Next Game: Wednesday, June 22 vs. Great Lakes (7:05 p.m.)

  • TinCaps Probable Starter: RHP Ryan Bergert
  • Loons Probable Starter: RHP Nick Nastrini (No. 13 Dodgers prospect)