Modesto, CA. - After coughing up a late lead, the Modesto Nuts came back for a 5-4, ten-inning triumph over the Bakersfield Blaze at John Thurman Field on Tuesday night.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dillon Thomas whacked a triple off the right-field wall. The throw back to the infield kicked off the cutoff man's glove. Thomas popped to his feet and scored the tying run.
In the tenth, Raimel Tapia was at third with no outs. Ryan McMahon knocked a single through the drawn-in infield on the right side to give the Nuts (37-38) their eighth walk-off win of the year.
In the eighth, the Blaze (27-48; 1-4) had taken the one-run lead on a go-ahead, two-run homer from Tyler O'Neill.
Konner Wade tossed well for the Nuts working seven innings and allowing just one run on six hits with five strikeouts.
Brett Ash worked eight innings in the start for the Blaze. The righty allowed only three runs and struck out six.
Matt Carasiti (W, 3-5) tossed a perfect tenth inning with two strikeouts.
Paul Fry (L, 4-3) surrendered the game-winning hit to McMahon.
Game two of the four-game set is slated for 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 7:00 p.m. To listen on your iPhone or iPad click here. For PC and Flash enabled Android phones click here. If you are at the ballpark, you can listen on the non-delay, in-stadium broadcast on 90.9 FM.