TinCaps Top Cubs in Game Two 9-4
Fort Wayne, IN: After setting the tone to start the series in last night's win, the South Bend Cubs fell to the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night from Parkview Field by a final of 9-4. Thursday was the first time the Cubs had the opportunity to clinch a postseason berth. Since the Lansing Lugnuts won, South Bend's magic number stays at two.
A big part of South Bend's game one win was their ability to get on the board quickly. They scored eight runs in the first two innings of last night's game. Tonight, it was the TinCaps who flipped the script. Fort Wayne plated three runs in the first three innings against starter Riley Thompson.
At the plate, South Bend's starting nine was the first Midwest League lineup Fort Wayne starter Jesus Gonzalez ever faced. Just 18-years-old, Gonzalez looked calm, cool, and collected on the rubber and grabbed the win in his first full-season start. The lefty tossed five innings of one run baseball.
Fort Wayne powered their way to the game two win with two home runs from left fielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton. After Thompson departed, Blake Whitney made his Midwest League debut and allowed two runs. The right-hander picked up four strikeouts of his own.
Continuing his hot start to the series was Cubs catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni. With two hits last night and tonight, Mastrobuoni also added an RBI to bring his series total to three. Since returning from the injured list earlier this road trip, Mastrobuoni has his average up to .270.
The Cubs will have the chance to clinch a playoff spot again tomorrow night in the finale against Fort Wayne. In order to do this, they need to win and Lansing needs to lose. Right-hander Cam Sanders is the expected starter for South Bend.
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