The Fort Wayne TinCaps offense exploded for 15 runs Saturday, beating the West Michigan Whitecaps by 11 tallies on Stand Up To Cancer Night at Parkview Field.
Eleven of Fort Wayne’s runs were scored in the 4th and 5th innings. West Michigan scored only once before plating three runs in the game’s final frame.
Four TinCaps players — Chris Baker, Austin Allen, Carlos Belen and Jose Carlos Urena — each drove in three runs. Allen, Baker and Kodie Tidwell each had three hits, while No. 9 batter Peter Van Gansen had four hits. Marcus Greene Jr. was the only player in the TinCaps lineup who didn’t get a hit.
Jacob Nix earned the win, giving up only one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four batters in six innings. He is now 3-7 with a 3.84 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 17 walks in 100.2 innings (24 starts) for the TinCaps this season.
The Whitecaps didn’t have much to celebrate other than Will Maddox collecting his 165th base hit of the season, a new franchise record. The previous record of 164 hits was set by Wynton Bernard in 2014. Bernard won the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player Award that season.
Maddox’s .344 batting average ranks second in the league, behind the .351 average of Cedar Rapids Kernels infielder Luis Arraez. South Bend Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez ranks third with a .331 average. Jimenez was named the Midwest League’s MVP and Prospect of the Year last Tuesday.