The Great Lakes Loons stumbled in a 2-1 loss to the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) at Dow Diamond Wednesday night.
The Tincaps broke a 1-1 tie with two outs in the top half of the ninth inning when Carlos Belen went opposite field on Loons reliever Ivan Vieitez for his 11th home run of the season.
The Loons' jumped out to an early lead when left fielder Saige Jenco smoked a hard hit double down the left field line, then scored on an RBI single by Omar Estevez for a 1-0 lead after one inning.
The Tincaps were able to tie the game at 1-1 following a rare error by Loons second baseman Zach McKinstry. With 2 outs and runners on first and second, McKinstry rushed a throw to first and subsequently threw it in the dirt, allowing 1 run to score on the passed ball in the top of seventh inning.
The loss overshadowed a brilliant pitching performance by all three Loons' pitchers.
Loons starter Caleb Ferguson (1-4, 3.20 ERA) was virtually untouchable, tossing a five inning no-hitter with just one base runner on a walk, while striking out 1 batter.
Ferguson faced the minimum 15 batters throwing just 59 pitches, 36 of which were strikes. Ten of his 15 outs were by way of grounders to either shortstop or second base.
Loons reliever Luis DePaula (2-0, 1.15 ERA) picked up where Ferguson left off as he gave up 1 run (which was unearned) on 2-hits, 1 walk, while striking out 3 batters through 3-innings.
Vieitez (4.25 ERA) was charged with the loss after giving up the 1 run, on 2-hits while striking out 2 batters in the ninth inning.
The Loons will try to take the series when they host the Tincaps for game four of the series at 7:05 pm Thursday evening at Dow Diamond.