Loons Drop Series Opener to TinCaps 5-2

Midland, Mich.---- The Fort Wayne TinCaps (3-4) came out swinging the bat well against the Great Lakes Loons (2-5). Two out of the first three batters homered for the TinCaps, in helping them defeat the Loons 5-2.

The TinCaps featured a talent filled roster that included five of the top 30 prospects for the San Diego Padres.

Loons' starting pitcher Brandon Martinez struggled against the TinCaps line up. Almost every batter made solid, powerful contact with the ball. Martinez gave up five runs, eight hits, in five innings of work.

Manager John Shoemaker thought the TinCaps matched up well against Martinez.

"They looked like a first ball fastball hitting team," Shoemaker said. "They jumped on some of his fastballs. His fastballs probably weren't located well. They have an aggressive hitting team, and they took advantage of it hitting some long balls in the first inning."

The TinCaps finished the game with 10 hits, and left six players in scoring position.

First baseman Joe Winker's home run in the fourth inning to put the Loons on the scoreboard was only one of three hits for the Loons.

"You don't really think about homeruns," Winker said. "It's nice when you get one though, and get that out of the way."

TinCap's shortstop Jace Peterson swung the bat well for Fort Wayne. Peterson went 3-for-5, with a homerun to open the game.

After finishing a series against the Lake County Captains on Wednesday in a 14-inning victory, Winker, and Shoemaker didn't believe fatigue played a factor in the Loons' game.

"Honestly no, we put some good at bats up there," Winker said. "They just ran a bus out there today, their starter had a good game, and they just beat us."

The Loons will try and get the bats going in their second game against the TinCaps.

"You just play everyday, and sometime you're going to run into arms that shut you down," Winker said. "I think it was just one of those days, he just threw fastballs and sliders."

Adys Portillo picked up the win for the TinCaps, and some respect from Shoemaker.

"The pitcher we faced tonight, Portillo, he is a good pitcher," Shoemaker said. "He pitched in this league last year and is a good prospect for the Padre organization. Last year his control was an issue for him, this year he throwing in the strike zone, he is a good pitcher."