TinCaps Lose Eighth in a Row

FORT WAYNE, IN - Despite a strong early start by the Fort Wayne offense the TinCaps could not avoid dropping a season high eighth game in a row, their longest losing streak since 2007, as they lost to the West Michigan Whitecaps 8-4 on Saturday night.

Fort Wayne opened the game with a three-run first inning on 1B Jake Bauer's run scoring double off of the center field wall followed a batter later by a two-run home run to left field by catcher Adolfo Reina.

And with the exception of a sole run in the fifth inning, that was the last of the TinCaps' offense for the rest of the night.

"It's probably been the story of our season," said TinCaps' manager Michael Collins.

"Early in the season we were really hitting, got some good pitching and the defense let us down."

"Throughout the whole first half we really swung the bats well and now we've gotten some good pitching, although that wasn't the case tonight, and defense and we are slumping offensively."

On the mound RHP Cody Hebner returned to Fort Wayne as the Padres are attempting to reconvert him as a starting pitcher, a role he had with the TinCaps in 2012.

After giving up a home run to the opening batter, Hebner settled down and retired the next five in a row holding West Michigan to a single run while striking out four in three innings and 60 pitches against a walk and three hits.

"He threw very well, lots of strikes. He was possibly a little erratic around the zone and gave up a solo home run, but that happens."

"It was a good step forward and hopefully we can get him up to that five or six inning threshold."

TinCap Notes: After the game INF River Stevens was promoted to Lake Elsinore...Really tough night for Erik Cabrera as he gave up four earned runs on two home runs in one inning.

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