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TinCaps suffer worst loss in team history

FORT WAYNE – Payton Baskette was ineffective and the offense lifeless as the TinCaps suffered their worst loss in franchise history, 19-1 to West Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Parkview Field.

The team had lost by a 16-run margin on three occasions when they were still known as the Wizards. On May 18, 1996, they lost 20-4 at Michigan. On July 20, 1997, they suffered a 17-1 home defeat to Beloit. And on August 2, 2012, they were shut out 16-0 at South Bend.

The TinCaps (25-31) began their woes with a seemingly innocent pair of two-out walks by Baskette in the first inning. West Michigan designated hitter Jeff Holm clubbed a two-run double, and the offense kept coming and coming from there.

The Whitecaps (32-25) did their most damage in the sixth when they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs on four doubles, three walks, a single, a homer and a triple.

Every West Michigan starter reached base safely and all but two drove in a run. Holm hit a three-run shot in the third off Baskette (1-2), who gave up six earned runs on five hits and five walks in three innings. The Whitecaps had 17 hits in all.

TinCaps outfielder Ronnie Richardson, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, pitched for the fourth time this season. He worked a scoreless ninth and struck out his first batter in four innings.

The TinCaps’ only run came with no outs in the first on an RBI single by Dustin Peterson. They finished with six hits and no walks and committed three errors.

TinCaps manager Michael Collins was ejected in the first inning for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Andrew Chesnut. It was Collins’ first ejection of the year.

The rubber game of this three-game series is at 7 p.m. Monday.

For more on Sunday's game, read Monday's Journal Gazette or return to "Full Count" later today or to after 3 a.m.