MIDLAND, Michigan (Indiana's NewsCenter) – TinCaps shortstop Jace Peterson went three for five, and starting pitcher Adys Portillo tossed six and two thirds innings, propelling Fort Wayne to a 5-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday night. Peterson homered to lead off the ballgame, and finished a double shy of the cycle, while also knocking in two runs. Portillo (1-0) equaled the longest outing of his career while allowing two hits, two earned runs, walking two and striking out five.
The TinCaps (3-4) struck first against the Loons with two home runs in the first inning. Just two batters later, Travis Whitmore hit a solo home run, his first longball of the year, to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Peterson led off the third inning with a triple over the head of Great Lakes (2-5) center fielder Noel Cuevas. On the next pitch, Peterson was singled home by Donavan Tate, and the TinCaps led 3-0. Tate stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and was knocked in on a groundout off the bat of Zach Kometani to make it 4-0 in favor of Fort Wayne. In the fourth, Alberth Martinez scored on a groundout by Peterson, making it 5-0.
In the bottom of that frame, Loons first baseman Joseph Winker took Portillo deep to right field, which marked the second and final hit Portillo would surrender on Thursday night. Great Lakes also scored once more in the sixth, which set the score at 5-2.
The only other time that Portillo had worked so deep into a game was July 14, 2011 in a road game against the Burlington Bees. He did not earn the win that night. Thursday’s game also marked just the fifth time in his 53-game, four-year career that Portillo had worked six innings or more. Fort Wayne reliever Robert Eisenbach faced four batters, retiring them all, and served as the bridge to Daniel Sarria, who struck out two in the ninth to earn his first save in 2012.
Great Lakes starter Brandon Martinez (0-2) went five innings, allowing all five Fort Wayne runs, and struck out three. Reliever Mike Thomas pitched four scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits.
Game two of the series is Friday night. The TinCaps are scheduled to send Joe Ross (0-1, 40.50) to the hill against lefty Matt Laney (0-0, 5.40). First pitch at Dow Diamond is scheduled for 6:05 PM.
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