MIDLAND, Mich. -- The TinCaps trailed the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers) 4-2 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but rallied to tie the game and then won, 5-4, in 10 innings. It was the second time in four road games that Fort Wayne overcame a ninth-inning deficit of at least two runs to win.
The TinCaps (27-15, 53-59) pushed in front for good in the 10th without a hit. Leading the inning off against Andre Scrubb (L), designated hitter Marcus Greene Jr. fell behind 0-2 but then drew a walk. Center fielder Buddy Reed bunted into a fielder's choice. A turning point came when second baseman Reinaldo Ilarraza hit a grounder to Loons (20-22, 55-55) shortstop Gavin Lux who had an errant throw to second, allowing Reed to reach third and Ilarraza to get on safely. Right fielder Jack Suwinski plated Reed with a fielder's choice groundout to third base.
Hansel Rodriguez (W) was electric with three scoreless innings of relief as he struck out eight batters.
Fort Wayne initially led 2-0 thanks to RBI singles from first baseman Brad Zunica and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.
Great Lakes scored all of its runs in the sixth. Three runs were charged to 18-year-old left-hander Adrian Morejon , who in his second Midwest League start struck out six but walked four. Three of the Loons' runs came in on wild pitches.
Ironically, the TinCaps tied the game in the ninth on a wild pitch, too. Fort Wayne crept within a run when left fielder Nate Easley drew a bases-loaded walk. Ilarraza and Suwinski sparked the comeback with singles off Evy Ruibal. After a wild pitch moved them up to second and third, with two outs, the Loons intentionally walked Tatis. The game-tying wild pitch came on the first pitch Scrubb threw to third baseman Hudson Potts .
Sunday, Aug. 6 @ Great Lakes (2:05 p.m.)
- TinCaps Probable Starter: RH Ronald Bolanos
- Loons Probable Starter: RH Chris Mathewson
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