FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A.J. Jimenez knocked a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth and Brad McElroy added a three-run triple in the tenth, launching the Lansing Lugnuts (8-7) to a wild 11-8 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps (7-8) on Thursday night at Parkview Field.
Down 7-4 entering
the ninth, Ryan Goins drew a leadoff walk
from Stiven Osuna. After Kenny Wilson struck out, Ryan Schimpf
left-center. Jimenez followed with his first home run of the season,
sending a 1-0 pitch high into the stands in left to tie the game at
It was the TinCaps'
fifth blown save of the young season.
Irsfeld (0-2) capped off a night of Fort Wayne
disappointment in the tenth, walking Jimenez with one out and the
loaded to force in the go-ahead run. Irsfeld recovered to strike out
Sobolewski, before serving up McElroy's three-bagger to blow the
Fort Wayne scored a
run in the bottom of the tenth against
Steve Turnbull on a wild pitch and threatened for more, but the
closer induced a game-ending fielder's choice from Edinson Rincon.
pitcher Brian Slover (1-0) earned the win with
2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
Each team collected
15 hits in the game. Every member of the
Fort Wayne lineup hit safely, led by three hits from Griffin
the Lugnuts, Sobolewski and McElroy each notched three hits while
and JImenez each scored three runs.
The Lugnuts next
travel back home to Cooley Law School Stadium
to open a three-game series against the Dayton Dragons on Friday