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Out of order leads to protest

Griffin Benedict did not bat the first time through Fort Wayne's lineup, although he was listed as sixth in the team's batting order.

Rymer Liriano – the No. 7 hitter – accidentally batted ahead of the No. 6 hitter Benedict in the second inning. Liriano grounded out to end the inning.

When the next inning started, the TinCaps' No. 8 hitter, Dean Anna, was the first batter up.

Wisconsin noticed the change when Liriano came up the second time in the fifth inning, leading to the Timber Rattlers playing the game under protest. Wisconsin won the game 6-4.

"(Liriano) hit out of order. They had it under protest. I know we did the right thing in continuing in that order," TinCaps manager Jose Flores said. "We didn't try to go back and have Liriano start off the inning, knowing that he did (hit out of order).

"From my understanding of the rule, he has to appeal that when Anna is up. If that was the case, then Liriano was supposed to be up at that at-bat. He waited. … You have to announce that once it happens. You can't wait two or three innings down the road to make that comment. When that happened, our lineup was right back in order after that. We were back in place. I don't think he would have had a legitimate case."