The TinCaps were unable to overcome a slow start, falling to the Silver Hawks 9-5 in South Bend on Saturday.
The Silver Hawks (44-34) got runs from Breland Almadova, Daniel Palka, Chuck Taylor and Jamie Westbrook to establish a comfortable 4-0 lead in the first inning, then had Ryan Gebhardt, Almadova and George Roberts add three more runs in the second to go up 7-0.
Fort Wayne (35-43) was finally able to get on the board in the fifth with runs from River Stevens and Nick Schulz , both off a Josh VanMeter double.
South Bend responded with a run from Zach Esquerra in the bottom of the inning, but the TinCaps trimmed the deficit to 8-4 in the seventh, when VanMeter scored on a wild pitch and Jake Bauers had an RBI single..
Fort Wayne starter Payton Baskette (3-4) pitched four innings, allowing seven runs off nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Ronnie Richardson was 3 for 3, while Bauers and Schultz were 2 for 4 for Fort Wayne.
South Bend’s Palka was 3 for 5.
New TinCaps reliever Jason Jester, who flew into South Bend from Peoria, Arizona, earlier in the day, made his debut with one scoreless inning.
Earlier in the day, pitcher Jeffery Enloe was transferred from Fort Wayne to San Antonio.
The third of the four game series at South Bend is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. today.