TinCaps Use Longball to Win Series

By Tommy Schoegler

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM EST

Fort Wayne (Indiana's NewsCenter) – A four-homer effort coupled with six shutout innings twirled by Cody Hebner made the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-2 winners over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Monday night. Hebner retired the final 17 batters he faced, not allowing a baserunner after surrendering a one-out single in the first inning.

Fort Wayne (30-34) pounced on South Bend (32-32) starter John Pedrotty (3-4) in the first inning. Yeison Asencio drilled a ball to left field for his fourth home run of the year, making it 2-0 in favor of the TinCaps. Lee Orr, leading off the third, deposited his eighth homer of the season over the wall in left to give Fort Wayne a 3-0 lead. Three more runs scored in the frame on doubles by Duanel Jones and Jace Peterson. The first seven TinCaps hits all went for extra bases.

Hebner (6-2) walked one and surrendered a hit in the first, but after that was in rare form. In his stretch of retiring 17 consecutive batters, he struck out five, and only three of the 17 outs were recorded by outfielders.

The TinCaps offense continued to thrive in the seventh when Asencio went deep for the second time, making it 7-1 in favor of the TinCaps. The final blow came in the eighth inning with a two-run home run from Tyler Stubblefield to make the score 9-2. Fort Wayne last hit four home runs on July 17, 2011 in a 16-7 victory over the Peoria Chiefs in Peoria, Illinois.

Chris Haney and Daniel Cropper worked in relief of Hebner, pitching the final three innings of the game for the TinCaps.

Tuesday Fort Wayne opens a three-game series with league-leading Lansing. The Lugnuts and TinCaps are scheduled for a 7:05 first pitch. The scheduled starters are Frank Garces for Fort Wayne and Jesse Hernandez for Lansing.




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