Maybe the TinCaps were due.
After winning 16 of 23 games, and their last five, they were dominated by the Lansing Lugnuts this afternoon.
The Lugnuts won 7-0, after out-hitting the TinCaps 12-3.
A crowd of 5,301 attended the game at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps had pulled into a tie with Dayton for the last playoff spot in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with a 7-1 victory Tuesday night over the Lugnuts, and now they have to wait and see how the Dragons fare against Great Lakes tonight.
Lansing’s starting pitcher, Starlyn Suriel, had a no-hitter going through four innings until Jake Bauers broke it up with a single into left field.
Suriel went six innings and struck out four.
The Lugnuts got going in the third inning, starting with a Daniel Klein line-drive single. The next batter, Ian Parmley, had a bunt single that was compounded by a throwing error by Fort Wayne pitcher Ronald Herrera. Klein then scored, for a 1-0 lead, when Derrick Loveless’ liner up the middle ricocheted off Herrera's glove.
Things got worse for the TinCaps in the fourth, when Matt Dean, who had reached base because he was hit by a pitch, scored for a 2-0 lead on a Justin Atkinson sacrifice fly.
And in the seventh, a wild pitch and a throwing error by Fort Wayne pitcher Erik Cabrera, and an exciting game of pickle down the third-base line, culminated with a Jason Leblebijian run for a 3-0 lead.
The TinCaps threatened to come back in the bottom of the inning – Fernando Perez and Franmil Reyes singled with no outs – but Bauers flew out, Dustin Peterson grounded out and Ryan Miller did the same.
The Lugnuts tagged on four runs in the top of the ninth.
Herrera, the Fort Wayne starter, went five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits, while striking out three and walking one. Cabrera, who pitched three innings, allowed one unearned run and three hits, while striking out four and walking one.
Notes: Fort Wayne catcher Adolfo Reina missed a second straight game with an elbow injury, which occurred during a tag at home plate in Monday’s 4-3 series-opening victory. … As part of an annual event hosted by the AWS Foundation, 676 individuals with disabilities, and 253 personal assistants/family members attended the game. “Parkview Field is accessible to people of all abilities, making it an ideal venue for individuals with disabilities to enjoy and the TinCaps have been wonderful to work with to identify the best seating arrangements and access to services,” said Lynne Gilmore, executive director of the AWS Foundation.