New Fort Wayne TinCaps shortstop Ruddy Giron sure knows how to make a first impression.
The 18-year-old went 6-for-6 with five singles, a solo home run, a stolen base and two runs scored in his Midwest League debut Monday. He led off for the TinCaps, who beat the Lake County Captains 9-2.
Only one other player in Fort Wayne franchise history has gotten six hits in one game — catcher Rene Lopez went 6-for-6 on May 27, 1993, when the team was still known as the Wizards and played its home games at old Memorial Stadium. The pitching star of that team was 20-year-old righty LaTroy Hawkins, who went 15-5 with a 2.06 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 41 walks in 157.1 IP. (Hawkins, now 42, is currently on a rehab assignment for the Colorado Rockies.)
In other Midwest League action Monday:
Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Peoria Chiefs 3
Peoria Chiefs 1, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0
After completing a suspended game won 7-3 by the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Peoria Chiefs gave up only one hit in a seven-inning, 1-0 shutout pitched by LHP Austin Gomber.
The lone hit given up by Gomber was a single by Zach Larson in the 2nd inning. Gomber struck out four and didn’t walk anyone.
The hard-luck loser was Kernels LHP Mat Batts, who struck out 12 while giving up only one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. At one point Batts struck out six consecutive Chiefs batters.
Casey Turgeon doubled home Andrew Sohn for the game’s only run.
Quad Cities River Bandits 14, Clinton LumberKings 10
The LumberKings tried to rally from a 9-4 deficit in the 6th, but their six-spot was answered with five more runs from baseball’s first 30-win team.
The Quad Cities offense was led by Sean McMullen, who went 4-for-6 with two doubles and six RBI, and Jason Martin, who went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Jacob Nottingham and Nick Tanielu each added three hits and two walks to the mix.
Clinton’s Erick Mejia went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. Chris Mariscal, Joseph DeCarlo and Kristian Brito each drove in two runs for the LumberKings.
Kane County Cougars 14, Beloit Snappers 5
Kane County scored five runs in back-to-back innings to beat Beloit at Pohlman Field. All nine KC starters scored at least one run. KC’s Grant Heyman went 4-for-6 with a double and five RBI, and teammate Marty Herum went 4-for-6 with a double and a run batted in. KC’s Stryker Trahan and Beloit’s Trent Gilbert hit three-run homers, and Beloit’s Jose Brizuela hit a two-run homer.
Dayton Dragons 3, Great Lakes Loons 1
Dragons RHP Tyler Mahle struck out nine batters and walked one while scattering four hits in seven scoreless innings. Dayton’s Brian O’Grady drove in two runs, and teammate Luis Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Alex Santana had three hits and a run batted in for the Loons.
Lansing Lugnuts 7, South Bend Cubs 5
Cubs RHP Jeremy Null suffered his first loss of the season after the Lugnuts scored five runs off him. D.J. Davis had four hits and Anthony Alford had three hits and a run batted in for Lansing. Cael Brockmeyer had three hits and two RBI, and Gioskar Amaya had two hits and three RBI for South Bend.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington Bees 2
Timber Rattlers LHP Kodi Medeiros got his first win of the season after striking out six while giving up two runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. Wisconsin’s Dustin DeMuth and Burlington’s Ryan Seiz each had three hits.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0
Whitecaps RHP Jeff Thompson earned his first win of the season by striking out five and giving up only three hits and a walk in 5.2 scoreless innings. Shane Zeile drove in two runs.