TinCaps Pull Ahead in Playoff Race

By Tommy Schoegler

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 11:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN – After seeing their five-game game winning streak come to a screeching halt
in an 8-4 loss to West Michigan the night before, the Fort Wayne TinCaps doled out a little revenge
of their own on Thursday night, pounding out 12 base hits on their way to an 11-2 triumph over
the Whitecaps at Parkview Field.
For the second night in a row West Michigan scored the game’s first run in the very first inning, as
Luis Castillo came in from third base on a single by Steven Moya off TinCap starting pitcher Dennis
O’Grady to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead.
The lead was short-lived however, as Fort Wayne scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to
take a 2-1 lead.
West Michigan tied the game in the third inning, when Moya (who reached first base on a wild pitch
while striking out) scored all the way from first on a double down the left field line off the bat of
Nick Castellanos.
Cory Spangenberg broke the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, when he homered over the
wall in right field off Whitecap starter Brian Stroud, making the score 3-2.
The TinCaps scored another run in the fifth, added four more runs in the sixth inning, then put the
game out of reach by scoring three more times in the seventh in taking a commanding 11-2 lead.
O’Grady won his third consecutive start, and improved to 4-0 overall.
Stroud (0-1), who was making his first start for West Michigan, was tagged with the loss.
The Fort Wayne win, coupled with a loss by Great Lakes to Dayton, puts the TinCaps into sole
possession of second place (and a playoff spot) in the Eastern Division with 18 games remaining in
the second half.
They’ll send Keyvius Sampson (9-2, 2.53) to the mound on Friday night, in the rubber game of the
three-game series.
The Whitecaps will counter with Kevin Eichhorn (9-3, 3.51).

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