TinCaps force game three

Justin Baum

The TinCaps staved off elimination with a 9-4 win on Sunday, sending the series against the Loons to a winner heads to the championship game on Monday.

Fort Wayne won 9-4 over Great Lakes (series even at 1-1 in best of three)

The TinCaps offense banged out 14 hits, as everyone but Robert Lara had a knock and Lara drew the lone walk. Four players scored twice and five players had two or more hits. The squad also scored in five different innings from the second through seventh.

Cole Figueroa doubled to leadoff the second and was driven in by a Justin Baum single. Successive singles by Kevin Hansen and Blake Tekotte put the TinCaps up 2-0 with Tekotte netting his first RBI of the playoffs.

A one out double by Vince Belnome started another rally in the third. After a sacrifice bunt and an error scored one run, Baum delivered a double into the right-center gap to bring home Allan Dykstra. Figueroa and Belnome have eight hits apiece through the playoffs with each collecting three doubles.

The Loons got one back in the fourth on a solo homer off starter Stiven Osuna – the lone run he would surrender across 4.2 innings.

Fort Wayne tacked on two more in the fifth. A single and error set the table for Dykstra's two run double to left to push the score to 6-1.

They gave two runs back in the sixth thanks to a Rob Musgrave error. The left-hander, who stranded the bases loaded by recording the final out in the fifth and earned the win, gave up a single to open the inning. After he was called for a balk, a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt scored one and put a runner on third. A sacrifice fly halved the score at 6-3.

The TinCaps quickly answered. Kevin Hansen doubled to open the sixth and moved to third on an infield single. He scored when Dan Robertson grounded into a double play.

The final two runs for Fort Wayne came in the seventh. On the heels of Dykstra double, Baum smashed a two-run homer to give him three hits and four RBI for the game. Baum is 6-for-10 with six RBI in the series after missing the opening series.

Great Lakes would get an unearned run in the ninth to provide the final score of 9-4.

Simon Castro will get the start on Monday. He did not allow a hit across 6.2 scoreless innings in his first outing in the playoffs.

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