The Fort Wayne TinCaps couldn't hold on to a 3-0 lead and lost to the Lansing Lugnuts 6-5 on Sunday at Parkview Field. It snapped a four-game winning streak for Fort Wayne.
Three solo home runs gave the TinCaps a 3-0 lead after three innings. In the first inning, Reinaldo Ilarraza connected for his second home run in as many nights to get Fort Wayne on the scoreboard first. Rod Boykin led off the third inning with his fifth home run of the season. Two batters later, Fernando Tatis Jr. sent one over the wall. It was Tatis' eighth home run of the season to tie him with Brad Zunica for the team lead.
Reggie Lawson was brilliant on the mound for the TinCaps. The 19-year-old right hander held the Lugnuts scoreless for six innings while allowing two hits and striking out eight.
Things unraveled for Fort Wayne in the top of the seventh. Nick Monroe came on in relief of Lawson to start the inning. Monroe recorded one out while facing five batters and allowing four hits. He was replaced by Blake Rogers, who allowed a three-run homer to J.B. Woodmen that gave Lansing a 5-3 lead.
Fort Wayne tied the score in the bottom of the seventh. Boykin led off the inning with a double. Tatis walked two batters later and both moved up a base on a wild pitch by the Lugnuts' Kirby Snead. Jorge Ona drove both Boykin and Tatis home with a single to center field.
Lansing's Edward Olivares broke the 5-5 tie with a home run to lead off the eighth against Emmanuel Ramirez. It was the only run that Ramirez, 0-2, allowed in two innings. But it was enough to give the Lugnuts the win.
The TinCaps threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning. A.J. Kennedy and Tatis delivered singles to put runners on first and second with one out. But the game ended when Ilarraza struck out and Tatis was thrown out at second on a double-steal attempt.
Four players had two hits each for Fort Wayne. Accounting for eight of the teams ten hits were Tatis, Ona, Boykin and Kennedy. Other hits were by Ilarazza and Jack Suwinski.