COMSTOCK PARK, MI – The Fort Wayne TinCaps exploded on offense, riding a six-run fifth inning to a 9-2 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Sunday evening at LMCU Ballpark.
Whitecaps starting pitcher Brendan White retired the first 13 TinCaps hitters in order before Fort Wayne collected six tallies in the fifth to steal the final game of a seven-game series, with each team having won three games leading up to the rubber match.
Neither team recorded a hit through the first four innings. The TinCaps struck first in the top of the fifth, crossing six runs – highlighted by a pair of two-run singles from Adam Kerner and Augustin Ruiz – putting Fort Wayne out in front 6-0. The ‘Caps responded in the bottom half of the frame as University of Michigan product Jimmy Kerr roped a two-RBI-double to slim the TinCaps advantage to 6-2. Fort Wayne added an insurance tally in the sixth before plating another two in the ninth as Chris Givin blasted a solo home run to help put the finishing touches on a 9-2 victory.
White (2-3) lasted 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on six hits in his third loss of 2021. Erik Sabrowski (2-0) allowed two runs through five innings of work with six punchouts in his second win this season. The TinCaps improve to 30-36 as the Whitecaps fall to 30-35. The Whitecaps haven’t won a six-game series since sweeping the Lake County Captains in a six-game series from May 25-30 at LMCU Ballpark.
The Whitecaps enjoy a Monday off-day before beginning a six-game series against the in-state rival Lansing Lugnuts from LMCU Ballpark beginning Tuesday at 7:05 pm. West Michigan sends pitcher Adam Wolf to the mound against the Lugnuts Seth Shuman. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:50 pm. Get your tickets for all 2021 home games now at www.whitecapsbaseball.com.