Fort Wayne won 2-0 over Burlington (TinCaps lead best of five series 2-0)
Chris Fetter set the tone early, working quickly and holding the Bees to limited chances. He retired the first eight batters before yielding a pair of singles. Fetter would yield just one hit the rest of the way, giving up three hits while striking out four across 5.1 innings. Fetter is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA across two playoff games, striking out 11 in 10.1 innings.
“I felt very good,” Fetter said. “It was a big crowd and the adrenaline was going. I had a beat on the fastball tonight and was able to do that for most of the game. I was able to pound it in and out and relied on it 75-80 percent during the game.”
Nick Greenwood took over from there. He struck out the first batter and picked off an inherited runner. The left-hander than worked a scoreless seventh. He was replaced by Alexis Lara after giving up a one-out double an inning later. Lara notched two ground outs to get out of the inning unscatched.
Nick Schumacher came on to close the game out, getting three straight ground outs to earn his first save. Schumacher has not allowed a run across 5.1 innings, yielding two hits and a walk while also earning a win. Schumacher did not register a save during 37 regular season appearances.
Fort Wayne scored their first run in the second inning. Cole Figueroa has a leadoff walk and came home on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
“It is great to be on a team like this,” Fetter said. “Somehow, some way, we always try and find a way to win.
“It is a completely different atmosphere coming from a team that was seven games under .500 to a team that is now 52 games over .500. Winning is contagious. Whether it is pitching, hitting or defense, we somehow find a way to pull it out.”
Allan Dykstra then hit his second homer of the postseason, a solo shot in the sixth, leading to the final 2-0 score. Dykstra is 7-for-25 with four extra base hits, five runs scored and four RBI during the playoffs, notching a .486 on-base percentage thanks to eight walks.
“We want to get this done in the first game,” Fetter said of going on the road up two games to none in the best of five. “We don’t want to allow them to gain any confidence or momentum. Hopefully, we can come out tomorrow, get a good start from Michael Watt and go from there. We are one game away. Take it one game at a time and try like hell to win this first one.”
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