FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Kane County Cougars could not overcome a five-run third inning to suffer a 6-4 loss Thursday to the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the opener of a three-game series.
In the third inning, Corey Adamson broke a 1-1 tie with a solo shot off of Cougars starter Lendy Castillo (0-1). Later in the inning, with two outs and two runners on, Gabriel Quintana added an RBI single and Jeremy Baltz delivered a sac fly before Brian Adams capped the five-run frame with a two-run bomb to left field to give the TinCaps a 6-1 lead.
TinCaps starter Joe Ross (3-0) shut down the Cougars’ offense over a season-high 52/3 innings, allowing just six hits while striking out three. The only run he allowed was on a second-inning RBI single to Wilson Contreras.
The Cougars (7-10) did not go down quietly against the TinCaps’ bullpen. In the eighth inning, TinCaps reliever Genison Reyes issued a pair of one-out walks. Bijan Rademacher had an RBI single that knocked Reyes out of the game. Chris Nunn relieved Reyes, and surrendered a two-out, two-RBI double to Oliver Zapata that brought the tying run to the plate. Pin-Chieh Chen popped out before Nunn retired the Cougars in order in the ninth.
Castillo settled down after the third inning. The righty allowed one more hit in his final three innings. He finished after six innings, allowing eight hits and six runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.
Rademacher scored once and drove in a run as part of a 2-for-4 day. Zapata went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.
The Cougars and TinCaps (11-8) play the second game of a three-game set at 6:05 p.m. today at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne. Right-hander Pierce Johnson (1-1) takes the hill for the Cougars against lefty Max Fried (1-0).
The Cougars will return home Wednesday to open a three-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 6:30 p.m.