FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps (15-15) scored seven unanswered runs and survived a last-ditch rally in the ninth inning to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts (17-14), 7-5, in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Parkview Field.
Three quick TinCaps
errors and a Ryan Schimpf two-run double
had staked Lansing out to an early 4-0 advantage. Fort Wayne struck
with a run in the second, four in the fourth, and solo tallies in
and sixth innings to take a 7-4 lead to the ninth.
Held to just one hit
since the second inning, the Lugnuts
refused to go quietly against Fort Wayne closer Nick Schumacher.
off, Balbino Fuenmayor reached on a third error of the game by
Jonathan Galvez. Oliver Dominguez singled to left and Ryan Schimpf
a one-out RBI single. After Ryan Goins was called out on strikes,
Sobolewski lined a single through the glove of first baseman Nate
to load the bases and bring up clean-up hitter Brad Glenn.
Glenn worked the
count to 2-2 against Schumacher before
grounding out to second base, simultaneously ending the game and his
23-game on-base streak.
Fort Wayne starter
John Hussey (3-0) earned the win, allowing
four runs (two earned) on three hits in five innings. Schumacher
his fourth save.
pitcher Ryan Shopshire (2-2) took the loss,
reached for six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
In defeat, Schimpf
went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for Lansing
while teammate Sobolewski went 3-for-5.
TinCaps players notched multi-hit efforts, led
by a 2-for-3, 4-RBI performance by third baseman Edinson Rincon.
The Nuts return home
on Monday, May 10, for the start of a
three-game series with the West Michigan Whitecaps. Left-hander
(2-0, 1.74) will start for the Lugnuts in the opener, slated for a
p.m. first pitch, opposed by touted West Michigan left-hander Jacob