The early stages of the game were dominated by the sterling pitching of Fort Wayne's Adys Portillo (3-1) and West Michigan's Tommy Collier (2-2). Neither pitcher surrendered a run over the first five innings of the game. Portillo stretched his scoreless streak to 21 consecutive innings, as he pitched six frames, allowing four hits, while walking two and striking out three. He lowered his ERA from 1.41 to 1.22, now the lowest in the league among qualifying pitchers.
Collier entered the game not having allowed a run since April 22, and having thrown 18 shutout innings over his last three starts. In the sixth, with two outs, Whitmore and Gallic, who together collected six of the 10 TinCaps hits on Monday, hit back to back singles. With those two runners on first and second, Casey McElroy lined a hard shot at first baseman Aaron Westlake, and the ball caromed off of him on the infield. Westlake threw to Collier, who was covering the bag, but his toss went wide and Whitmore scored on a throwing error charged to Westlake, making it 1-0 Fort Wayne (17-21).
In the seventh, West Michigan (18-20) called on Michael Torrealba to take the hill. He surrendered a leadoff home run to Austin Hedges and then walked Kyle Gaedele and Lee Orr. Torrealba was then replaced by Jade Todd. Gaedele scored on a Todd wild pitch, and Orr came home on a single by Gallic, which made the score 4-0.
James Needy tossed two scoreless innings out of the TinCaps bullpen and Luis De La Cruz worked a quiet ninth to secure the win.
The TinCaps and Whitecaps wrap the series on Tuesday morning at 11:05 AM. The scheduled starters are Colin Rea for Fort Wayne and Kyle Ryan for West Michigan.