The TinCaps lost for the first time in three days on Saturday, falling 5-4 to the West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-4, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan.
Fort Wayne led, 4-2, entering the bottom of the sixth before West Michigan rallied for the win. The TinCaps committed three errors in the loss, leading to a pair of unearned Whitecaps runs.
Fort Wayne (9-12) took a 4-2 lead with a three-run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run homer by Franmil Reyes. The TinCaps had finally broken through against West Michigan (11-11) starter Austin Kubitza (3-0), who had limited Fort Wayne to just an infield single in the first five innings. The 18-year-old Reyes' home run was his team-leading third. But the Whitecaps scratched a run across against TinCaps starter Walter Weickel in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3. For the second outing in a row, Weickel went six innings. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits, while walking three and striking out one. Kyle Lloyd (0-1) replaced Weickel in the seventh. Lloyd struck out the first batter he faced before walking Raph Rhymes and giving up a single to Dominic Ficociello. With Rhymes at third, Lloyd balked to tie the game at 4-4. He retired Ben Verlander and was set to escape the inning with the scored knotted. However, TinCaps third baseman Dustin Peterson committed a throwing error on a ground ball hit to him by Wynton Bernard. Ficociello scored what proved to be the winning run on the play.
Fort Wayne and West Michigan conclude their three-game set at 1 p.m. Sunday. Adrian De Horta is slated to start for the TinCaps, countered by Kevin Ziomek.