Davenport, Iowa – The Fort Wayne TinCaps led 6-0 in the first inning Monday against the Quad Cities River Bandits , but couldn’t hang on in the series finale, losing 9-6. The TinCaps finished their Western Division road trip with a 5-1 mark, and remain in the thick of a second-half playoff hunt.
Quad Cities (16-14, 51-48) starter Tyrell Jenkins labored his way through the first inning, surrendering six runs on five hits. Fort Wayne (18-12, 49-51) scored on base hits by Travis Whitmore, Lee Orr and Felix Cabrera, and Kyle Gaedele drew a bases loaded walk to complete the first inning scoring.
TinCaps starter Cody Hebner allowed three runs in the third inning, allowing Quad Cities to cut the Fort Wayne lead in half. Hebner worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned runs, on three hits while walking a career-high five and striking out six.
The game turned with TinCaps pitcher James Jones on the mound in the fifth. He surrendered back-to-back home runs—a three run homer to David Bergin and a solo homer to Luis Mateo—allowing the River Bandits to erase a six-run deficit and take a 7-6 lead. The TinCaps struggled to amass offense as the game wore on, picking up just two base hits after the first inning.
The River Bandits added two runs in the eighth inning against TinCaps reliever Daniel Cropper, and Fort Wayne was retired in order in the ninth.
With the loss, Fort Wayne’s season-best six-game winning streak came to an end.
Fort Wayne has Tuesday off and returns home on Wednesday to open a six-game homestand. First pitch Wednesday is scheduled for 7:05 PM, as Frank Garces is set to take on J.R. Bradley.
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