The TinCaps set the franchise record for futility, and did it in with whimper, in a 3-0 loss to the Great Lakes Loons in Midland, Michigan, on Wednesday.
The loss was Fort Wayne’s 11th straight, breaking a tie with the 1995 Wizards’ team that lost 10 straight from May 13 to 23. During its losing streak, the TinCaps have been outscored 73-33 and have not even led in eight of the 11 games.
The TinCaps (5-13, 35-53 overall) didn’t put up much of a fight with seven hits and nine runners left on base. Great Lakes (9-9, 44-45) had eight hits and scored a run in the second and two more in the fourth.
Fort Wayne had 11 strikeouts against four Great Lakes pitchers. The TinCaps were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against the Loons and are 19 for 101 during their 11-game losing streak.
Loons starter Scott Barlow (3-3) gave up four hits and struck out six in five innings. Michael Johnson and Jordan Hershiser struck out four in a combined three innings, and Matt Campbell pitched an inning to pick up his second save.
Jeffery Enloe (0-3) started and took the loss for the TinCaps after throwing five innings and giving up six hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out four. Erik Cabrera blanked the Loons over his final three innings.
Dustin Peterson and Fernando Perez each had two hits for the TinCaps. Former Norwell standout Josh VanMeter had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double.
With the loss, the TinCaps fell to 13-34 on the road.
Fort Wayne will try to break its losing streak in the wrap-up of a three-game series against Great Lakes at 7:05 tonight.
Note: The San Diego Padres and TinCaps reinstated Luis Tejada from the disabled list.