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MWL Game of the Week: Fort Wayne Stays Hot with Another Series Win

Friday night was the rubber match of a three game set between the hometown Fort Wayne TinCaps (18-10) and the visiting Clinton Lumber Kings (11-17). The TinCaps shut out the Lumber Kings in game one, 3-0, before the visitors answered back with an 11-2 blowout one night later. The TinCaps were looking to bounce back from Thursday night’s loss with a series victory and continue their hot start to the MWL’s second half. 

A relatively well-known player by the home team fans, Reggie Lawson was set to take the mound for his tenth start of the season. The same could not be said however, for his pitching counterpart as the Lumber Kings sent Steven Ridings to toe the rubber. Up to this point in the season, Ridings had only thrown 36 innings on the year while appearing in just 10 games with two starts all over five different levels of minor league baseball. I am going to layout all of the moves Ridings has made this season so bear with me, it’s a lot to keep track of. After starting in the AZL he was promoted to Double-A Arkansas, then assigned to extended spring training, then to Triple-A Tacoma, then to Arkansas, then to extended spring, then to Single-A Advanced Modesto, then to extended spring, then Short Season Everett, and now Single-A Clinton. Ridings has been a well-traveled pitcher this season, but the Tin Caps were not very welcoming to him, especially in the third inning.

We entered the bottom of the third in a scoreless game when a barrage of extra base hits came from the home dugout. Jorge Ona doubled home a run. Brad Zunica homered on the very next pitch to plate two more, Hudson Potts would then double before he and Reinaldo Ilarraza would score on a Jack Suwinski double, the team’s third of the inning. That would be the last pitch for Ridings in this one as he lasted 2.2 innings where he gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and no strikeouts. Steven Moyer came on to get the last out of the inning.

It didn’t take long for the Tin Caps to find the scoreboard again as they struck once more in the very next inning. Moyer gave up a lead off single to Buddy Reed who would then steal second base and ultimately score on a Jorge Ona single. It looked like it had the potential to be another big inning for the home team, but Moyer was able to pick off Ona on a steal attempt, ultimately ending the threat. He would go on to pitch two more solid innings ending with 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 SO, 0 BB.

The Lumber Kings would put up three runs through the remainder of the game to make the score look better, but were never able to fight their way back into it against a solid pitching effort from the TinCaps staff. Lawson went 5.1 while allowing two runs on just two hits and two walks with a whopping nine strikeouts. His teammates Will Headean and Diomar Lopez would finish the game out strong en route to the TinCaps 6-3 victory. 

Top Performers:

Fort Wayne –

Jorge Ona: 2/3, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Brad Zunica: 1/4, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Jack Suwinski: 2/4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Clinton –

Gareth Morgan: 1/4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Michael Koval: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB

Fort Wayne will continue their homestand tonight when they welcome Kane County to town. Clinton will travel to Lake County to square off with the Captains.

Feature Image Courtesy of: Mathew Carper/Legends on Deck

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