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Full Count

  • TinCaps clinch wild card in final game
    Champagne sprayed all around the TinCaps’ clubhouse Monday afternoon as they completed their improbable turnaround by clinching the final playoff spot in the Midwest League thanks to a three-game sweep over Bowling Green.
  • TinCaps sweep doubleheader
    The TinCaps swept a doubleheader Sunday night at Bowling Green, 3-1 and 2-1 to move a half-game ahead of Great Lakes for the final Eastern Division playoff spot.
  • TinCaps win doubleheader opener
    The TinCaps scored three runs in the fourth inning to beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 3-1 in the opener of a doubleheader Sunday in Kentucky.
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Perez's game-winner sends TinCaps by West Michigan

Fernando Perez delivered a two-run double that gave the TinCaps a 5-4 win over West Michigan on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.

The TinCaps (31-40) trailed 4-3 and were an out away from defeat in a game shortened to seven innings because of the twinbill. With runners at first and third, Perez fell behind 0-2, evened the count and then lined the fifth pitch of the at-bat over the head of the left fielder.

Nick Mutz allowed a leadoff single before retiring the next three batters for his seventh save.

It was Fort Wayne's 12th comeback win. Eric Yardley (1-1) worked a perfect sixth to earn the victory.

West Michigan (42-30) got five innings of three-run ball from Jonathon Crawford before Joe Mantiply (5-2) blew his second save.

Perez was 2 for 3 with a walk. He also had an RBI single in the fifth. TinCaps slugger Dustin Peterson was 2 for 4 with a two-run double.

The TinCaps bounced back from a 15-4 loss in the opener of the four-game series with West Michigan on Thursday.

The second game of the split-admission doubleheader, set for 7 p.m., pitted TinCaps right-hander Kyle Lloyd (2-1, 3.56) against Whitecaps righty Buck Farmer (6-5, 3.00).

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