The sweetest wins in baseball usually involve a walk-off of some sort. It's even sweeter when that walk-off is hit off a rival organization.
The Spinners (29-33) held off the Staten Island Yankees (40-25) early as Yorvin Pantoja turned in one of his best starts of the season with three strikeouts in four innings of work. He allowed a pair of earned runs, three hits, and a pair of walks.
Taylor Ahearn came in to reliee Pantoja in the fifth and surrendered a pair of home runs, three earned runs and four hits in three innings of work.
Nick Hamilton led off the bottom of the fifth with a strikeout but managed to reach first on a wild third strike. Hamilton then managed to steal second and advance to third on a wild throw. Alexander Martinez brought him home with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Zach Sterry got the rally started with a bloop single to left. Hamilton was then hit by a pitch and Martinez drew a walk to load the bases. Tanner Nishioka struck out but a passed ball on strike three managed to bring home a pair of runs, including Hamilton from second. Charlie Madden later drove in Martinez on a fielder's choice to cut the lead to one.
Steven Reveles led off the eighth by reaching on a fielding error and moved over to second after a wild pickoff attempt. Marino Campana then tripled to right-center to bring home the tying run.
Brendan Nail carried the Spinners into the ninth with two innings of shutout relief, including two strikeouts with a hit.
Martinez led off the ninth with a walk and was moved over to second after Nishioka legged out a bunt. After Martinez was cut down at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt, Michael Osinski reached on yet another Yankees error to load the bases. Steven Reveles then won the game with a hard hit grounder to left, bringing home Nishioka and completing the epic walk-off win.
The Spinners look to extend their win streak to three games tomorrow with Jake Thompson on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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