Bauml's Blast Helps 'Caps Win in 13

By West Michigan Whitecaps | April 18, 2017 12:11 AM ET

FORT WAYNE, IN - Cole Bauml's solo home run in the 13th inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the West Michigan Whitecaps defeat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 3-2 at Parkview Field Monday night.

FORT WAYNE, IN - Cole Bauml's solo home run in the 13th inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the West Michigan Whitecaps defeat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 3-2 at Parkview Field Monday night.

West Michigan tallied the first run of the contest when Cam Gibson's leadoff triple scored on a run-scoring single by Blaise Salter in the opening inning. TinCaps first baseman G.K. Young blasted a solo home run in the following frame in the second to tie the game at one. In the fourth, a base-running mistake from Bauml resulted in an inning-ending double play to end a Whitecaps scoring threat, and Marcus Greene Jr. lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to give the TinCaps a 2-1 lead it held all the way until the ninth inning.

In the ninth, Anthony Pereira came to the plate with runners on first and third and one out. Pereira drilled the first pitch he saw into the left-center field gap for a game-tying RBI-double to knot the score at two. The game remained tied until the 13th inning when Bauml atoned for his earlier mistake by powering a 2-0 pitch from Fort Wayne reliever Wilmer Torres into a stiff wind and just enough to carry the wall in right-center field for his first home run of the season, giving West Michigan a 3-2 lead. "It feels great," Bauml said after the win. "I had a few miscues early in the game, so it felt good to actually pull through for the guys in that spot."

Tweet from @ThatDanHasty: Listen: Cole @Bauml16's go-ahead solo HR in the 13th inning of Monday's 3-2 @wmwhitecaps victory over the @TinCaps. https://t.co/fk68I4jNQP

Alfred Gutierrez (2-0) tossed three scoreless with just two hits and struck out three to earn his second victory, while Torres (0-2) took his second loss of 2017. Bryan Garcia pitched a scoreless ninth to record his third save of the season. As a whole, the 'Caps bullpen tossed nine innings of shutout baseball on Monday night. The Whitecaps record improves to 6-5, while Fort Wayne falls to 3-8. Pereira led the way offensively for the 'Caps by going 2-for-4 with a pair of walks in the win. The game lasted 4:25 - falling eight minutes short of the season record set in the 'Caps 16-inning opening day victory over the South Bend Cubs on April 7 at Fifth Third Ballpark.

UP NEXT

The Whitecaps continue this three-game series from Parkview Field against the Fort Wayne TinCaps Tuesday at 7:05pm. Lefty Greg Soto faces off against Fort Wayne pitcher Hansel Rodriguez. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:55p.m. Tickets can be reserved for any Whitecaps 2017 home contest by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.

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