Persistent Fort Wayne offense steals road win from West Michigan Whitecaps

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The Fort Wayne TinCaps (22-20) had a score to settle on Saturday after dropping their series at home to the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (21-18) the night before at Parkview Field.

West Michigan southpaw Trent Szkutnik (1-0, 1.99 ERA) got the nod for game two of the four-game stand, just his second start over nine appearances for the Whitecaps this season.

Starting the night at the plate for West Michigan, Derek Hill set the tone early by punching his fourth double of the year, one of three hits overall for the outfielder, adding an RBI for West Michigan.

Fort Wayne shortstop Ruddy Giron answered back at the bottom of the inning, knocking his eighth double of the season for the TinCaps, following up with a run scored, one of a pair for Fort Wayne.

TinCaps outfielder Michael Gettys punched three hits and Carlos Belen added to the mix with a pair of hits, including a home run and three RBI for Fort Wayne.

Through five frames, Szkutnik surrendered three runs off five hits, fanning five and walking just one against Fort Wayne. West Michigan righthander Jonathan Maciel (2-2, 6.75 ERA) took over the load for Szkutnik at the bottom of the sixth inning and Fort Wayne struck while the iron was hot.

Fort Wayne tagged Maciel for a pair of runs in the seventh and another pair off righty Josh Laxer (0-1, 5.29 ERA) in the eighth.

West Michigan shortstop Leonardo Laffita added what he could at the plate, knocking three hits, including his first home run of the year; the fourth home run overall for the Whitecaps as a team, adding a pair of RBI.

Persistent offense from the TinCaps evens the series, handing Maciel his second loss with West Michigan.
Since his reactivation from the DL on May 19, Derek Hill has kicked his offense up a notch, quickly making up for lost time with his trio of hits tonight. To date Hill is hitting .252/.313/.330 for West Michigan. Hill combined with Leonardo Laffita for six of West Michigan's ten hits overall.

Snapping a three-game hit streak, West Michigan first baseman Will Allen wasn't able to find a groove against Fort Wayne on Saturday, finishing 0-for-4 at the plate for the Whitecaps.

Final: Fort Wayne TinCaps 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 3

Coming up next: 
West Michigan will send righty Kyle Dowdy (1-0, 0.83 ERA) to the hill for game three on Sunday at Parkview Field righthander Jean Cosme (3-2, 3.77 ERA) at 3:05 pm.

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