Fort Wayne (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Colin Rea turned in perhaps his best outing of the season Wednesday night, tossing six innings in a 3-1 Fort Wayne victory over West Michigan at Parkview Field. Rea earned his first win at Parkview Field, limiting the Whitecaps to one run on two hits in the first game of a three-game series.
Fort Wayne (27-18, 58-57) gave Rea (4-7) an early advantage, scoring on a Mike Gallic sacrifice fly in the first inning. Jace Peterson had reached on a throwing error by catcher Gabriel Purroy, moved to second on his league-leading 44th stolen base and taken third on a passed ball.
In the third inning, Travis Jankowski came within inches of his first professional home run. The 44th overall pick in this year’s draft hit a ball to the top of the 15-foot high wall in right field, scoring Kyle Gaedele with a triple. Peterson then singled Jankowski home, giving the TinCaps a 3-0 advantage. West Michigan (22-23, 58-57) starter Wilsen Palacios (11-8) exited after five innings, allowing three runs, two of them earned, while walking one and striking out four.
The lone Whitecaps run scored in the sixth inning against Rea. He had held West Michigan hitless over the first five innings, but the streak was broken on an Eugenio Suarez triple to center with one out in the sixth. Suarez scored one batter later on a groundout off the bat of Aaron Westlake.
Matt Stites earned his 11th save in 14 tries, retiring the side in order in the ninth inning.
The series continues Thursday night at Parkview Field with Ruben Mejia scheduled to start for the TinCaps and Tommy Collier set to start for the Whitecaps. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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