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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps pitcher Joey Cantillo prepares to make a pitch during the first inning of Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Lake County at Parkview Field.

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps second baseman Xavier Edwards posted an RBI after being named a starter in this month's all-star game.

Thursday, June 06, 2019 1:00 am

TinCaps 3 Lake County 1

Offense's strong start all Cantillo needs in win

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

TinCaps vs. Lake County

Where: Parkview Field

When: 7:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Sam Keating (TinCaps) vs. Zach Draper (Captains)

TV: Xfinity 81

Radio: 1380 AM, 100.9 FM

The TinCaps had one 19-year-old left-handed pitcher named to the Midwest League All-Star team Wednesday morning, but it was another 19-year-old lefty that shut down the Lake County Captains on Wednesday night.

While top prospect Ryan Weathers got the all-star nod, Joey Cantillo turned in a sixth consecutive solid outing, giving up one run in six innings and earning the win in a 3-1 TinCaps win in front of an announced crowd of 3,326 at Parkview Field.

The win was Fort Wayne's second in a row against the second-place Captains after Lake County swept the TinCaps (28-29) in a three-game series three weeks ago. 

Cantillo (3-2) struck out seven and walked two. He gave up just three hits, though one of them was a solo home run off the bat of second baseman Jose Fermin his fourth.

“Definitely in the beginning there, I didn't have my best stuff,” Cantillo said. “The changeup was the biggest pitch and I wasn't throwing it with conviction. They were kind of just staying there and floating in there.

“That was a big thing, toward those middle innings, kept talking with Blake (Hunt) and (pitching coach) Matt (Williams), like 'Hey, let's hammer that pitch in there, let's throw it with conviction.' So it was basically just getting that changeup right.”

The 6-foot-4 Cantillo has been on a roll since the start of May. In his last six starts, the 2017 16th-round draft pick is 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA. He's whiffed 40 and given out just nine free passes in that span.

The TinCaps took the lead for good in the first when Aldemar Burgos ripped a double off the wall in left and Hunt drove him in with a sharp single to center.

Fort Wayne added on in the second. Luis Roman led off with a ground-ball double down the left-field line and Michael Curry followed with a single to put two on. Jawuan Harris grounded back to pitcher Cody Morris, but Morris threw the ball away into center field trying to turn a double play and a run scored. All-Star Xavier Edwards added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 before the inning was over and that was all the TinCaps would need.

“(Tuesday) night we were trailing (early), so it's definitely good to just get out there early and get a lead,” Hunt said. “It sets the tone for the game. I felt like there was a flat part with (Lake County)'s offense, there was no energy at one point, so it was good our pitchers could come in there and take advantage of it.”

The Fort Wayne bullpen picked up where Cantillo left off, with Carlos Belen and Cody Tyler each pitching a scoreless inning. After Fermin's home run, the Captains (34-24) had just one more hit until the ninth inning.

All-Star reliever Henry Henry worked the ninth and had to pitch around a pop-fly to center that turned into a double when three TinCaps converged on it and none took charge. Henry gave up one run, but got a slick 5-4-3 double play to erase the threat and earn his fifth save.

dsinn@jg.net