This time it was the arms that got it done.
Starting pitcher Kyle Lloyd gave up two hits and struck out eight in six innings’ work and relievers Jorge Guzman and Ryan Butler finished up as the TinCaps won again Wednesday, this time muzzling Great Lakes 4-0 on three hits at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan.
It was the third straight win and sixth in the last seven games for the TinCaps (17-21, 47-60) and the second straight over Great Lakes (17-21, 51-57).
The TinCaps got it done by scoring single runs in the first, sixth, seventh and ninth innings, roughing up three Loons pitchers for 11 hits. Nick Schulz went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Trea Turner and Ronnie Robinson went a combined 4 for 10 with two RBI. Turner continued to torch Midwest League pitching, going 2 for 5 with a home run to push his batting average to .476.
Turner’s home run in the first turned out to be all the runs the TinCaps would need on this night, but they weren’t nearly done.
In the sixth, Richardson singled to left to lead off, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then came home on Jake Bauers’ two-out single to make it 2-0.
In the seventh, the score went to 3-0 when Reynaldo Bruguera doubled to left and Schulz followed with a single to center to score him.
The TinCaps added one last run in the ninth. Josh VanMeter doubled with two out and Turner brought him home with a single to right.
Butler then retired the Loons in order in the bottom half to end it.