Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne TinCaps were defeated by the Peoria Chiefs, 5-2,
Sunday at Parkview Field. Jaff Decker blasted a solo home run to the TreeTops Rooftop
Party Area beyond the right-field wall, the first home run ever to reach that territory.
Decker’s home run opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st.
In the 2nd, Peoria’s Drew Rundle bounced an RBI single to right to plate Junior Lake
and tie the game at 1-1.
The Chiefs kept the heat on in the 4th inning. Nelson Perez stroked a leadoff single and
scored when Lake drilled a double to center to make it 2-1. After a sacrifice bunt, Rundle
bounced a ball toward the middle to score Lake from third. Rundle reached on an error
and the score was 3-1.
Rundle was back at it again in the 6th inning when he hit a solo home run to right, his first
of the season to make it 4-1.
The TinCaps threatened in the bottom of the 7th, loading the bases with two out, but LHP
Ryan Buchter stemmed the tide with an inning-ending strikeout.
In the 8th, Luis Flores hit a two-out RBI double to push the margin to 5-1.
Fort Wayne missed out on another chance in the 8th when back-to-back walks put a
runner into scoring position, but a pair of strikeouts ended the inning.
In the 9th, Sawyer Carroll’s RBI double to right-center scored Blake Tekotte to finish
the scoring at 5-2. Carroll went 15-for-28 at the plate during the nine-game homestand.
RHP Stiven Osuna was charged with the loss to drop to 1-4 while Peoria RHP Aaron
Shafer allowed just one run over five innings to improve to 4-1.
The TinCaps fell to 21-9, a half-game in front of second-place West Michigan. Peoria
upped its record to 16-13.
The TinCaps have Monday off following a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. They get back to
action on Tuesday as they take on the Great Lakes Loons (Class-A Los Angeles Dodgers)
in a 7:05pm start at Dow Diamond in Midland, MI. Fort Wayne RHP Anthony Bass (1-3)
makes the start in his home state against Great Lakes RHP JonMichael Redding (4-1).
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