FORT WAYNE, IN- The Lake County Captains (18-19, 41-63) turned an early 8-1 deficit into a 9-9 tie by the sixth inning en route to a 10-9 win on Tuesday night against the Fort Wayne Tincaps (12-24, 55-50). Second baseman Todd Hankins completed the comeback with a RBI single in the top of the ninth inning.
In the game, there was a combined 19 runs, 29 hits, 79 at-bats and five errors.
Fort Wayne sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the first to score five runs. Second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum and third baseman Gabriel Quintana each singled in a run before left fielder Luis Domoromo launched his third home run of the year. Domoromo’s third homer was a three-run shot to right-center field.
Hankins put Lake County on the board with his fourth homerun of the year in the third inning.
Captains’ starter Jake Sisco would not make it out of the third inning with three more runs allowed. Sisco gave up a single and a hit batter. The big hit of the inning was a two-run triple by Brian Adams, which knocked Sisco from the game. Jimmy Stokes entered with a runner at third and one out. A fielding error by shortstop Dorssys Paulino brought home Adams and the score was 8-1.
Sisco allowed six earned runs (eight runs) on nine hits in two and one-third innings. He struck out three, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches.
A seven-run fifth inning propelled the Captains into a tie game. After a double and a single, right fielder Jorge Martinez doubled home both runners. A fielder’s choice from centerfielder Logan Vick and an error scored two more runs. Catcher Jeremy Lucas singled a run to end the night of Walker Weickel. Colin Rea entered the inning with one out. A groundout by designated hitter Richard Stock and a RBI single by third baseman Zach MacPhee tied the game at eight.
Weickel allowed eight runs (five earned) on nine hits in four and one-third innings. He walked one and struck out three.
The Tincaps broke the tie with a quick run in the bottom of the fifth. Adams reached on a leadoff bunt infield single and advanced to second on an error by Stokes. A sac bunt put Adams ninety feet from the plate. Center fielder Alberth Martinez grounded out to short with one out to score Adams.
Lake County loaded the bases with one out in the sixth off of two singles and an intentional walk. First baseman Joe Sever continued the back and forth scoring with a RBI single to the shortstop. The game was tied 9-9 after five and a half innings.
The bullpens kept the game tied until the top of the ninth. Lucas reached on a one-out walk, moved to second on a single and scored on the game-winning hit by Hankins.
Jack Wagoner, in his second inning of work, sat down the Tincaps in order in the ninth the secure the comeback win.
The Captains bullpen of Stokes, Kyle Crockett and Jack Wagoner combined to throw six and one third innings of one run ball on four hits. That one run was unearned. Wagoner earned his fourth win of the win.
On the home side, Rea, Trevor Gott, and Chris Nunn allowed two runs in under five innings of relief. Nunn took his first loss.
Lake County had 16 hits on the night with three players having three-hit games. Three other players had two-hit games. Richard Stock extended his 13 game hitting streak with two hits.
The Captains will be back in action on Wednesday Afternoon in Fort Wayne, IN to take on the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the second game of four game set. The Captains will start LHP Ryan Merritt (6-9, 3.70) and Fort Wayne will counter with RHP Zach Eflin (5-5, 3.70). First Pitch is at 12:05 PM from Parkview Field.