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Big inning lifts TinCaps to another home win

GK Young
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First pitch: Lansing at Fort Wayne, today at 12:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Michel Baez (0.00 ERA) vs. L/RH Andy Ravel (7.35 ERA)
Radio: ESPN 1380 AM and 100.9 FM
TV: Comcast channel 81

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Fort Wayne continues strong play at Parkview

Sunday, July 09, 2017 10:38 pm

Fort Wayne has been solid in its play since the Midwest League All-Star break last month, but particularly so at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps have won 10 of their last 12 home games and resiliency is a big reason as to why.

Lansing jumped out to a 4-0 lead and had Fort Wayne down to its final two innings before the TinCaps exploded for six hits and five runs in the eighth inning to ultimately win 5-4 in front of 6,321 fans Sunday.

Fort Wayne (37-51 overall, 11-7 second half) got a leadoff double from Buddy Reed to start the pivotal inning. His extra-base hit was one of three in the inning by TinCap hitters.

Reed moved over to third base on a fielder's choice and he scored to make the game 4-1 on a double to center field by Rod Boykin.

With two outs, Boykin came racing home on a double to left field by Fernando Tatis Jr. to cut the Lugnuts' lead in half and then Tatis Jr. stole his 20th base of the season to advance to third.

Reinaldo Ilarraza pulled the TinCaps to within 4-3 with a hit into left field that scored Tatis Jr. and Lansing decided to make a pitching change and brought in reliever Nick Hartman to replace Jared Carkuff.

The strategy failed, as Jorge Ona immediately got a single into center field, which moved Ilarraza to third base. Both runners moved up a bag, as Hartman unloaded a wild pitch, which tied the game.

Nate Easley was called in to pinch-run for Ona at second base and G.K. Young brought home the eventual winning run on a single to center field.

Ilarraza and Boykin each paced the Fort Wayne offense with a couple of hits each, while Tatis Jr., Ona, Young, and Reed each added a hit.

Mason Thompson started on the mound for Fort Wayne and worked three innings, but did not factor in the decision. He allowed just one hit and one earned run, while striking out a couple of batters and walking two, as well.

Ronald Bolanos relieved Thompson and threw five innings to earn the win. Bolanos (3-1, 3.98 ERA) gave up four hits and a couple of earned runs, while walking two and striking out two.

Diomar Lopez got his second save of the season by closing the ninth inning and allowing just one hit and no runs. He struck out one.

Hartman (1-1, 3.52 ERA) got the loss and the blown save in working just 1/3 of an inning for Lansing (43-41, 6-12).

Carkuff gave up five hits and four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Prior to the big inning for Fort Wayne, the TinCap batters had left 11 runners on base through the first seven innings.

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Up next
First pitch: Lansing at Fort Wayne, today at 12:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Michel Baez (0.00 ERA) vs. L/RH Andy Ravel (7.35 ERA)
Radio: ESPN 1380 AM and 100.9 FM
TV: Comcast channel 81

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