First pitch: Great Lakes at Fort Wayne, today at 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/Cody Hebner vs. GL/Greg Wilborn
Radio: ESPN 1380-AM
TV: Xfinity channel 81
The Fort Wayne offense exploded for a season-high-tying 16 hits on Sunday as it dominated Great Lakes 12-7 in Midwest League action at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps boomed seven doubles and a couple of home runs and were led by Yeison Asencio, who became the second TinCaps player in less than one week to go five-for-five, as he knocked in a season-best four runs.
Fort Wayne (21-14 second half, 52-53) jumped all over the Loons early by scoring six runs over the first three innings.
Mike Gallic partnered with Asencio in the first inning, as both picked up RBI doubles to put the TinCaps on top 2-0 against 18-year-old Miguel Sulbaran.
The Great Lakes (16-19, 50-55) starter went two innings in his Midwest League debut and allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out three.
TinCap infielder Jace Peterson provided all of the TinCaps' offense in the second inning, as he drove a Loon pitch over the center-field fence for a three-run home run.
In the next inning, Asencio hit his eighth homer of the season to stretch the TinCaps lead to 6-0.
Fort Wayne starter Matt Wisler dazzled through his first four innings, fanning six batters and allowing two base runners - one on a hit and the other on a walk. He did struggle in the fifth inning and allowed the first four runners to reach base, of which a pair scored.
Dennis O'Grady (4-0) entered and allowed the two inherited runners to score, making it 6-4. O'Grady worked three innings and allowed one run.
Three more runs scored for Fort Wayne in the bottom of the fifth, as Lee Orr, Austin Hedges and Travis Jankowski all came through with RBI hits.
Six different TinCaps players batted in at least one run, and eight of the nine starters for Fort Wayne had at least one hit. There were five multi-hit games for the TinCaps.
Asencio came within a triple of the cycle. Having already hit a double, home run and a single, he lined a ball over right fielder Nick Akins' head in the seventh inning, scoring Gallic. Asencio sprinted for third base and on a headfirst dive, was tagged out by third baseman Jesse Bosnik.
The TinCaps scored twice in the eighth, and Daniel Cropper allowed two runs in the ninth, setting the final tally.
Leading seven games to five in the season series, Fort Wayne will finish with a winning record in the regular season against Great Lakes.