News release from the TinCaps:
Franchy Cordero goes deep in 1-run road loss
EASTLAKE, Ohio (May 20, 2015) – TinCaps leftfielder Franchy Cordero shined at the plate on Wednesday evening, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Lake County Captains, as Fort Wayne fell, 4-3.
Cordero finished 3-for-3, recording his second three-hit game of the season. One of those hits was his second home fun of the season.
The game got off to a blazing start on the mound. Neither TinCaps starter T.J. Weir nor Captains starter Thomas Pannone allowed a run through three innings. In fact, Weir was perfect heading into the fourth frame, but Claudio Bautista slugged a solo home run over the left-field wall to put Lake County (22-18) in front, 1-0.
Later in the fifth, Fort Wayne (12-25) pulled in front. Franmil Reyes singled to start the inning and the next batter, Cordero, deposited a fastball from Pannone over the right-center field wall and the TinCaps took a 2-1 lead.
The home team struck in the bottom half of the fifth, though. Captains hitters collected three hits and a walk in the frame and scored three more runs — all with two outs.
The visitors cut the deficit back to just one run in the sixth. Ruddy Giron tripled down the right-field line, which set the table for Michael Gettys. The Gainesville, Georgia, native smacked a hard ground ball to second base that plated Giron. The score was 4-3 heading to the seventh.
Fort Wayne went down quietly the rest of the way. The TinCaps had the heart of the order due up in the ninth inning, but were finished in order.
There was solid pitching in the late stages on Wednesday evening. Relievers Bryan Verbitsky and Kyle McGrath combined to toss three scoreless innings.
Weir (L, 2-1) was charged with three earned runs and the loss, while Pannone (W, 3-0) picked up his third win of the year.
The final game of the four-game series is Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Manager Francisco Morales plans to start lefty Thomas Dorminy (3-3, 5.05) against right-hander Jordan Milbrath (2-4, 6.42).
The game can be heard on ESPN Radio 1380, Box Score, and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 10:45 a.m.
– Kevin Fitzgerald