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TinCaps offense remains stagnant

The TinCaps offense continued to sputter Thursday night, mustering only two hits in a 6-1 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts, in front of 5,628 fans at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Fort Wayne gave up 11 hits, one night after it was out-hit 9-4 in a 3-2 loss at Lansing, Michigan.

Lansing pitcher Brad Allen gave up all three Fort Wayne hits while working five innings. He gave up one run – off a Ryan Miller sacrifice fly – while striking out nine and walking two before being replaced by Matt Dermody and then Roberto Espinosa.

Fort Wayne’s starting pitcher, Cody Hebner, also went three innings and gave up three runs and six hits, while striking out seven walking three. Jason Jester and Jorge Guzman worked the rest of the game.

Getting hits for the TinCaps (53-68, 23-29 in second half) were Nick Schulz and Ossian’s Josh VanMeter.

Dustin Peterson, who reached base on an error by third baseman Mitch Nay, scored the lone Fort Wayne run in the top of the first inning. But the Lugnuts answered in the second, when David Harris scored off a Justin Atkinson single. Lansing (55-66, 23-29) went up 3-1 in the fifth when a Derrick Loveless double scored Jason Leblebijian and Chaz Frank.

Fort Wayne has lost 5 of 6 games, and 8 of its last 10, after getting back into playoff contention in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division. It came into Thursday two games back of the final postseason spot.

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