Lansing Breaks Through Late, Tops TinCaps 9-1

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Starting pitcher Walker Lockett threw 5 2/3 strong innings, but the TinCaps faltered late in a 9-1 setback to the Lansing Lugnuts on Monday night at Parkview Field.
With the game tied, 1-1, in the top of the seventh inning, Lansing (4-1) broke through with three runs and added five more insurance runs with two outs in the ninth to result in a lop-sided score.
Fort Wayne (0-2) actually got on the board first for the second time in as many days. In the second inning, an RBI single from catcher Jose Ruiz plated left fielder Nick Torres, who had doubled. Ruiz finished the game with two hits, as did centerfielder Michael Gettys.
The only baserunner to reach against Lockett through the first three innings came on a third-strike wild pitch. The Lugnuts finally got their first hit in the fourth when Richard Urena hit a solo home run down the right-field line. Lockett struck out a career-high six batters.
The score remained level until the seventh. That was when Justin Atkinson hit a two-run, opposite-field double to right that hugged the chalk off left-hander Payton Baskette (0-1). Atkinson himself scored later in the inning on a fielder’s choice. Lefty Kyle McGrath faced the minimum in the eighth before Lansing tacked on five runs in the ninth against righty Seth Lucio.
Meanwhile, the Lugnuts received five innings of one-run ball from right-hander Conner Greene. Alonzo Gonzalez (1-0) dazzled out of the bullpen with three no-hit innings in which he struck out seven. Francisco Gracesqui worked a scoreless ninth.
On top of the loss, TinCaps second baseman Josh VanMeter left the game with a left leg injury. With one out in the top of the fourth, Lansing’s Danny Jansen was the batter with Rowdy Tellez on at first base. Jansen grounded to shortstop Franchy Cordero, who fielded and tossed the ball to VanMeter, who then completed the doubleplay with a throw to first. In the process, though, VanMeter injured his left leg.
Fort Wayne aims to rebound on Tuesday morning at 11:05 a.m. in its series finale against Lansing. Left-hander Thomas Dorminy is set to make his TinCaps debut, while the Lugnuts had not announced a starter as of Monday night. The game can be seen on Comcast Network 81 and heard on ESPN Radio 1380,, and the TuneIn Radio app.

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