The Fort Wayne TinCaps beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-1 Wednesday to win their 10th consecutive game, matching the franchise record set in 2009.
The TinCaps offense was led by Edwin Moreno, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a stolen base, and three runs batted in. Starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet got the win after giving up only three hits in six scoreless innings. Lamet struck out five and walked none, and lowered his ERA to 2.99 for the season.
Fort Wayne’s 10-game winning streak matches the franchise record set and matched by the 2009 team. The 2009 TinCaps won 10 in a row twice (April 9-19 and July 1-10) and went on to win the Midwest League championship. Eighteen players from that team went on to play in the major leagues — a record high for a Class A team.
The first-place TinCaps have won 18 of their last 20 games. They have a 3.5-game lead over the West Michigan Whitecaps and a seven-game lead over the South Bend Cubs in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.
Utley traded for two ex-Loons
The Philadelphia Phillies traded second baseman Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two former Great Lakes Loons players, utility player Darnell Sweeney and right-handed pitcher John Richy.
Sweeney played shortstop for the 2012 Loons. He batted .291 with 5 HR, 23 RBI and 17 SB in 51 games. He has been in Triple-A all season but reportedly will be called up to the majors to replace Utley at second base. His first game with the Phillies will be his major-league debut.
Richy started four games for the 2014 Loons, posting a 1.65 ERA with 14 strikeouts and seven walks in 16.1 innings. He has spent this entire season in High-A, going 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA, 105 strikeouts and 34 walks in 124.1 innings (22 games/18 starts) for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.