Late Errors Cost TinCaps At West Michigan

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Comstock Park, Michigan — The TinCaps lost for the first time in three days on Saturday, as they fell to the West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-4, at Fifth Third Ballpark. Fort Wayne led, 4-2,  entering the bottom of the sixth before West Michigan rallied for the win. The TinCaps committed three errors in the loss, leading to a pair of unearned Whitecaps runs.

A three-game road win streak seemed promising for Fort Wayne (9-12) when Franmil Reyes hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning. That gave the TinCaps a 4-2 lead and served as the highlight of a three-run inning. The TinCaps had finally broken through against West Michigan (11-11) starter Austin Kubitza (3-0), who had limited the visitors to just an infield single in the first five frames. The 18-year-old Reyes’ home run was his team-leading third of the season.

But the Fort Wayne lead was fleeting. The Whitecaps scratched a run across against Weickel in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3. For the second outing in a row, Weickel went six innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, while walking three and striking out one.

Kyle Lloyd (0-1) replaced Weickel in the seventh. Lloyd struck out the first batter he faced before walking Raph Rhymes and conceding a single to Dominic Ficociello. With Rhymes at third, Lloyd issued a balk that tied the game, 4-4. He buckled down to retire Ben Verlander and was set to escape the inning with the scored knotted. However, TinCaps third baseman Dustin Peterson committed a throwing error on a ground ball hit to him by Wynton Bernard. Ficociello scored what proved to be the winning run on the play.

Fort Wayne and West Michigan conclude their three-game set Sunday afternoon at 1:00. Adrian De Horta is slated to start for the TinCaps, countered by Kevin Ziomek. The game can be heard on The Fan 1380. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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