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Posted on Thu. Jul. 31, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Lloyd proves as hot of late as his TinCaps team

Fort Wayne gets strong outing from starter for third straight

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First pitch: Fort Wayne at Great Lakes, today at 7:05 p.m.

Probable starters: FW/Jeffrey Enloe vs. GL/Scott Barlow

Radio: ESPN 1380-AM

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Fort Wayne rode a dominant pitching performance from starter Kyle Lloyd en route to a 4-0 victory over Great Lakes at Dow Diamond on Wednesday.

The former University of Evansville pitcher allowed just a couple of Loon hits and struck out eight through his six innings of work and helped the team to its third consecutive win.

The TinCaps (17-21 second half, 47-60) got all the offense it would need on the game’s second pitch, as top San Diego Padre draft pick Trea Turner hit his first home run with Fort Wayne. He drove a pitch from Loon starter Brandon Martinez (1-7) over the left field wall for his second career homer.

Aside from that pitch, Martinez was solid for Great Lakes (17-21, 51-57), as he allowed just that run through the first four innings.

With Martinez throwing well, Lloyd (5-4) had to match him, and he did. Through four innings, Lloyd had struck out seven hitters and retired eight consecutive Loons. The outing was one of a string of strong efforts by Lloyd. He has given up just 15 hits in his past 23 innings, while striking out 36 and allowing just four earned runs.

TinCap hitter Jake Bauers gave his team a two-run margin in the sixth inning with a two-out RBI single, while Nick Schulz added another run in the seventh on an RBI single.

Turner finished the offensive production in Fort Wayne’s final at bat when he drove in former Norwell High School standout Josh VanMeter with a two-out single.

As good as Lloyd was, the TinCap relief corps was just as good.

Relievers Jorge Guzman and Ryan Butler combined to work the night’s final three innings, with only one runner reaching base. Great Lakes could only muster one runner reaching third base all game.

The victory gave Fort Wayne its first series victory of the year against Great Lakes.


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