After falling behind in the second inning the TinCaps rallied with a four run fourth inning that was propelled by a big two RBI double by 3B Duanel Jones who was then driven in by 1B Trae Santos. DH Edwin Moreno brought home Santos to conclude all of the scoring for the game.
Lefty Thomas Dorminy got the win going six innings for the second time this year and holding the Loons to only two runs despite having runners on in three of his six innings.
“I thought he looked good. He had some traffic on the bases, but he found a way to make pitches,” said TinCaps’ manager Francisco Morales on LHP Thomas Dorminy’s performance.
Duanel Jones has been the offensive star for the TinCaps hitting .327/.383/.540 and is second on the TinCaps with 18 extra-base hits. Jones, who spent the past two years underperforming for the Lake Elsinore Storm, has found his groove back with the TinCaps.
“I think Duanel is finally starting to understand what type of hitter he is,” said Morales on his success this season. “A big part of that is learning to use the whole field and take a consistent approach for each at-bat.”
Game 2 - TinCaps 4 - Great Lakes Loons 3 seven innings
Key Statistics: LF Edwin Moreno 2-3, 2B, 3B; CF Michael Gettys 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI; C Miguel Del Castillo 2-3, Felipe Blanco 1-3, 3B, RBI; Yimmi Brasoban 3.2 IP 5 H 3 R BB 4 K HR; Kyle McGrath (W, 2-0_ 3.1 IP H 3 K.
The TinCaps swept the doubleheader on 2B Felipe Blanco’s walk-off triple that scored pinch-runner Franchy Cordero on a badly misplayed ball by the Loon’s centerfielder.
“When I saw the centerfielder kind of get in between the bounce I knew he was in trouble and I was waving Franchy home.”
RHP Yimmi Brasoban got the start for Fort Wayne in the second game and struggled in the first before settling down. Lefty Kyle McGrath was also one of the heroes of the game throwing three scoreless innings to keep Fort Wayne in the game.
“He gave us a chance to win the game. His out pitch was working tonight and he was able to put away hitters.”
The TinCaps came back in the bottom of the first with a pair of back to back doubles by Edwin Moreno and CF Michael Gettys that tied the score at two.
Gettys had a pair of doubles in the game and made several solid plays in the outfield, including cutting down a runner at third for the final out of the inning to prevent the Loons from taking a two-run lead.
“He is a natural centerfielder for me, and we work on polishing those skills, but he is very mature in separating defense from offense and recognizing plays on the field,” said Morales.
Fort Wayne has now won seven in their last thirteen games. As compared to earlier in the year the amount of errors that the team is making in the field has been going down.
“Earlier in the year we were making mistakes and giving extra outs to teams and getting beat. Now we are starting to play better baseball and when teams give us some extra outs, like they did today, we are able to take advantage of it.