It was a long night for the Fort Wayne TinCaps and West Michigan Whitecaps on Monday at Parkview Field. Cole Baumi's solo home run in the top of 13th inning gave the Whitecaps a 3-2 lead and the eventual win.
Fort Wayne had a chance to win in regulation as it led 2-1 heading into the ninth. But West Michigan got three hits and a run against reliever Mark Zimmerman to tie the score at two. Anthony Pereria's double drove in Baumi with the tying run.
West Michigan scored in the first inning against Will Headean. Cam Gibson led off the game with a triple to right field. After Headean struck out two batters, Blaise Salter singled in Gibson with the first run of the game. That was the only run Headean allowed in five innings. The left hander allowed five hits and struck out seven.
G.K. Young put the TinCaps on the scoreboard in the second inning with a solo home run to right field. Fort Wayne wasted base runners in the inning before Young stepped to the plate. Hudson Potts led off the inning with a walk but was picked off first base and caught stealing. Eguy Rosario also drew a walk but was thrown out on a steal attempt by catcher Austin Athmann. Then Young hit first home run of the season.
The TinCaps took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Singles by Hudson Potts and Rosario and a walk to Young loaded the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly by Marcus Greene Jr. drove in Potts for a 2-1 lead until the ninth.
Nick Monroe relieved Headean to start the sixth inning. Monroe pitched shutout ball for three innings while allowing one hit and striking out one before giving way to Zimmerman in the ninth. It was Zimmerman's first blown save of the season.
David Bednar blanked the Whitecaps in the 10th-and-11th innings on no hits and two strikeouts.
Wilmer Torres relieved Bednar and shut down West Michigan in the 12th before giving up Baumi's home run in the 13th. Torres, 0-2, pitched two innings allowing three hits and one run.
Young had three hits to lead Fort Wayne's 10-hit attack followed by Jorge Ona and Reinaldo Ilarraza with two each. Other hits were by Jack Suwinski, Potts and Rosario.
First pitch: West Michigan at TinCaps, 7:05 tonight
Probable starters: FW/RHP Hansel Rodriguez; WM/LHP Gregory Soto
TV: Comcast Network 81
Note: The game can be heard on ESPN Radio 1380 & 100.9 FM, TinCapsRadio.com and TuneIn