Fort Wayne, IN - It took 11 innings but the TinCaps finally walked away with a 3-2 win in the series opener against the LumberKings on Sunday afternoon at Parkview Field. Fort Wayne left-fielder Jeremy Baltz hit a walk-off double over the head of Jabari Henry to score Gabriel Quintana with the winning run.
It was a game of missed opportunities for Clinton who was 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Clinton was 0-for-8 in the first three innings with men in scoring position and Guillermo Pimentel struck out with the bases loaded to end the top half of the 11th.
LumberKings starter Dylan Unsworth was superb in nine innings of work. The right-hander scattered seven hits, three of which were infield singles. The nine innings is a new career-high for the South African. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Clinton got on the board first in the top of the fifth inning. Jabari Henry worked a one-out walk, stole second and then raced home on Tim Lopes' run-scoring base hit.
Fort Wayne finally got to Unsworth in the sixth inning. Infield singles by Stephen Carmon and Alberth Martinez sparked the rally. Second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI double down the left-field line. The next batter, Quintana, singled to right giving Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead.
The advantage was short lived as the LumberKings came back in the top of the seventh with a run of their own. Despite loading the bases with nobody out, they were only able to pick up one run on an RBI groundout from Gaby Guerrero.
The TinCaps had an opportunity to end it in the tenth when Brian Adams led off the inning with a double. He moved to third on a sac bunt by Rodney Daal. The next batter, Carmon, hit a roller to third that Patrick Kivlehan fielded and threw home to cut down Adams at the plate on a close play.
After Pimentel struck out to end the top of the 11th, the stage was set for Baltz and the TinCaps. The walk-off loss was the third of the season for Clinton as they fell to 3-9 in one-run games. Henry and Kivlehan led the charge offensively as they combined for five hits and four stolen bases.
The two teams play game two of the three-game series Monday night at Parkview Field. The LumberKings send left-hander Scott DeCecco to the mound against TinCaps right-hander Erik Cabrera. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.