Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:10 pm
TinCaps drop home opener in 11 innings
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
The TinCaps' home opener featured good weather and an announced attendance of 7,561, the third-largest crowd for a home opener since Parkview Field debuted in 2009, but not a victory.
Bowling Green's Robbie Tenerowicz hit an RBI triple in the 11th inning Saturday night that doomed Fort Wayne to a 5-4 loss. Center fielder Buddy Green appeared to misjudge the ball or perhaps lose sight of it in the lights.
The TinCaps (1-2) will seek a split of the four-game series in Sunday's finale. They went to extra innings after the Hot Rods' Brian McAfee threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the eighth that made it 4-4.
Fernando Tatis Jr. finished 2 for 5 with an RBI single for the TinCaps, while Jorge Ona went 1 for 5 with an RBI single and Eguy Rosario finished 1 for 4 with an RBI double. Overall, Fort Wayne was outhit 12-8.
Austin Smith, Fort Wayne's starting pitcher, departed after 2 2/3 innings because of a possible forearm injury. After Smith was struck by a batted ball, team trainer Allyse Kramer walked out to the mound and attended to the 20-year-old right-hander. Manager Anthony Contreras then called to the bullpen, ending the night for Smith, who allowed one run on two hits and issued three walks compared to one strikeout.
Wilmer Torres followed out of the TinCaps' bullpen with 2 1/3 shutout innings. Lou Distasio was next but struggled, giving up three runs on six hits in two innings. David Bednar then pitched two innings before Mark Zimmerman (0-1) finished.
Bowling Green starter Peter Bayer proved difficult for the TinCaps to suceed against. He went five innings and allowed only one on three hits while striking out seven. Elias Torres earned the win.
After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, the Hot Rods tied the game in the third, scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh.