The win improves the TinCaps to a Midwest League best 9-2 record at home in 2013.
Just as it did in Friday’s 10-inning win over Kane County, Fort Wayne found its late-game magic with two outs and no one on base.
Quintana began the threat when he was hit by a Blake Hauser (0-2) pitch, which was followed by Hauser getting ahead of Baltz with on 0-2 count. However, Quintana stole second base, which was his second of the season, to move into scoring position.
Baltz had struggled through the night, as he was hitless in four at bats, but he worked the count to 2-2 before belting a double over the head of the center fielder Jabari Henry.
For Baltz, it was his team-leading 18th RBI of the year.
Clinton (10-11) nearly took a lead in the top of the eleventh against Genison Reyes (2-1), who walked two and hit a batter. But with the bases loaded and two out, Reyes struck out the LumberKings’ designated hitter Guillermo Pimentel to keep the game tied at two runs each.
TinCaps starter Zach Eflin received a no-decision after he tossed five innings of one-run ball. The 19-year old right-hander allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out a career-best five. Meanwhile, LumberKings starter Dylan Unsworth was superb, as well.
The right-hander from South Africa went nine innings for the first time in his career and allowed two runs on seven hits. Unsworth struck out six and didn’t walk any.
Clinton scored the first run of the game against Eflin in the fifth, as Henry, who had three hits in the game, walked, stole second base, and came in to score on Tim Lopes’ single to left.
Fort Wayne jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the sixth when Unsworth, who had only surrendered one hit in the game until Stephen Carmon bunted for a single, allowed Mallex Smith to sacrifice Carmon to second, and Maxx Tissenbaum drove Carmon home with a double past the third-base bag, tying the game at one run. Quintana then put the TinCaps on top with a bloop-single to right that made it 2-1.
However, the LumberKings tied the contest, 2-2, right away in the top of the seventh against John Hussey, who pitched three innings in relief of Eflin. Roman Madrid also threw two scoreless innings out of the TinCaps bullpen.
Up nextFirst pitch: Clinton at Fort Wayne, today at 7:05 p.m.
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