Four home runs, including a grand slam by Yu-Cheng Chang, propelled the Lake County Captains past the Fort Wayne TinCaps for a 8-5 win at Classic Park on Tuesday.
In addition to Chang’s grand slam — which came with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd inning — the Captains got a two-run homer from Dorssys Paulino and solo shots from Greg Allen and Francisco Mejia.
Captains LHP Justus Sheffield improved to 4-1 after giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings.
Chang wasn’t the only player to hit a grand slam during Tuesday’s early Midwest League action. Peoria’s Steve Bean did, too, and it was enough to give the Chiefs a 7-5 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
One other homer was hit in the Dozer Park game — Trey Vavra hit an inside-the-parker that plated three runs for Cedar Rapids. Vavra’s hit became lodged under the outfield wall, but the Kernels first baseman’s bases-rounding effort was allowed to stand because Chiefs centerfielder Magneuris Sierra picked up the ball after he found it.
Chiefs RHP Daniel Poncedeleon improved to 4-0 despite giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks in 6.1 innings. He struck out three batters.
At Cooley Law School Stadium, the Lansing Lugnuts beat the South Bend Cubs 7-3. Lansing’s Richard Urena and South Bend’s Charcer Burks each drove in two runs. Jesse Hodges went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run batted in for the Cubs.
Lugnuts RHP Conner Greene improved to 3-2 after giving up only one run on three hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out six batters.