Austin Schotts homered leading off the game, setting a tone for West Michigan’s impressive power display in an 8-4 victory Saturday over the TinCaps at Parkview Field.
The Whitecaps, who entered with only 34 homers, third-fewest in the Midwest League, launched four. They were too much for the TinCaps, losers of eight straight, to overcome.
The TinCaps (35-50, 5-11 second half) got a strong start by Cody Hebner, who allowed one run in three innings, but he was limited to 59 pitches in his first start since 2012.
Erik Cabrera followed and gave up a three-run homer to Willy Adames and a solo shot to Jose Zambrano. Those gave West Michigan a 5-3 lead.
Justin Livengood, who had given up four earned runs in his past 19 2/3 innings, was touched up for an RBI double by Jeff Holm and an RBI single by Grayson Greiner in the fifth.
Fort Wayne closed to 7-4 in the bottom half on a throwing error, but it was another slow night for the offense, which finished with just five hits.
Ex-TinCap Wynton Bernard wrapped a drive around the left field foul pole in the seventh to restore the four-run lead.
West Michigan (51-35, 10-6) is 7-5 in the season series against Fort Wayne. After Sunday’s game, the teams have two more series scheduled in August.