SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The TinCaps lost to the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs), 5-1, on Wednesday night at Four Winds Field. Nate Easley extended his on-base streak to 20 games in the setback as Fort Wayne’s left fielder had a double and was hit by a pitch.
The Cubs (25-27, 64-57) scored all the runs they’d need in the bottom of the fifth inning against Reggie Lawson (L). Catcher Tyler Payne hit a solo home run and Kevonte Mitchell hit a two-out, two-run triple.
The TinCaps (33-19, 59-63) were held in check by South Bend starter Erling Moreno (W), who spun five scoreless, one-hit innings with eight strikeouts. Fort Wayne finally got on the board in the eighth with a two-out Easley double that plated second baseman Reinaldo Ilarraza, who had singled and stole second base.
South Bend, however, added a pair (one earned) in its half of the eighth.
Lawson K-ed six in his five innings of work. Easley’s on-base streak is the third longest for a TinCap this season, after Fernando Tatis Jr. (22) and Jorge Ona (28).
Thursday, Aug. 17 @ South Bend (7:05 p.m.)
– TinCaps Probable Starter: RH Lake Bachar
– Cubs Probable Starter: RH Tyson Miller
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