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Last updated: Sun. Jul. 27, 2014 - 01:25 am EDT

TINCAPS 8, WISCONSIN 4

TinCaps finally clicking

Team gets strong starting pitching, timely hitting

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TinCaps

vs. Wisconsin

When: 1:05 p.m. today

TV: Xfinity Channel 81

Radio: 1380 AM

Tickets: $12.50, $10, $9, $8, $5 (lawn)

Information: TinCaps.com or 482-6400

FORT WAYNE — The last time Wisconsin played at Parkview Field, on Sept. 16, 2012, the Timber Rattlers clinched the Midwest League Championship Series with a win in Game 4.

The stakes weren’t nearly as high Saturday, but the TinCaps gained at least a slight measure of revenge with an 8-4 victory before a crowd of 7,570 on a muggy evening.

“If any of those (2012) fans are still here watching, that’s great,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said.

What’s even better is the way the current team is finding its stride, with nine wins in the past 13 games and several stars on the rise.

One of those is Jeffery Enloe, who limited Wisconsin to one run on six hits in six innings.

Enloe (3-3) has given up a mere six earned runs over 27 2/3 innings in five starts.

“It’s huge,” Collins said. “Another great start. He’s done a great job changing speeds, mixing pitches, throwing a bunch of strikes and working quick.”

The left-hander said all four of his pitches – fastball, cutter, changeup and curveball – were on point Saturday.

“It’s never a negative thing to have a positive influence,” Enloe said.

The TinCaps (44-59, 14-20 second half) compiled 14 hits, seven of which came in the first two innings.

Franmil Reyes hit his ninth home run to pull into a four-way tie for the team lead.

“I didn’t think about it,” Reyes said through a translator. “I was trying to put the ball in play.”

The Timber Rattlers (54-49, 18-16) trailed 6-1 after four innings in the opener of a three-game series.

Trea Turner and Ronnie Richardson made for a dynamic duo atop Fort Wayne’s order.

Turner singled leading off the first, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Richardson’s long sacrifice fly.

Turner, Richardson and Fernando Perez hit three consecutive RBI singles in the next inning to make it 4-0.

“Our offense really clicked today,” Richardson said.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Wisconsin third baseman Dustin DeMuth, who starred in four seasons at Indiana.

DeMuth, who turns 23 on Wednesday, batted sixth and finished 1 for 4 with an RBI triple in the eighth.

He also committed a throwing error, his seventh since joining the Timber Rattlers on July 5.

He was selected by the Brewers, Wisconsin’s parent club, last month in the fifth round – 146th overall – of the first-year player draft.

Wisconsin starter Barrett Astin (6-5) was battered for six runs on nine hits and left after four innings.

The Timber Rattlers threatened a big inning in the fourth.

Michael Ratterree singled leading off and scored on a base hit by Clint Coulter. But after a force play, DeMuth hit into a 1-6-3 double play to end the frame.

The Timber Rattlers scored three times in the eighth off Erik Cabrera, who had worked a scoreless seventh.

Closer Ryan Butler then worked a 1-2-3 ninth.

“Right now,” Collins said, “we can play as good as anyone.”

cgoff@jg.net


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