A three-inning baseball game would have suited the TinCaps just fine out in Clinton, Iowa, on Sunday.
Unfortunately, it went the standard nine innings. And nine – everything after three, actually – was not a lucky number as Clinton rallied from an early deficit to beat the TinCaps 7-3 in the first of a three-game series at Ashford University Field.
Clinton scored one in the fourth and two each in the fifth, sixth and seventh to erase an early 3-0 deficit behind starter Stephen Landazuri and reliever Kyle Hunter. Landazuri went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just five hits, and Hunter closed it out with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball.
It was a quiet end that matched a loud beginning for the TinCaps (6-11), who scored all three of their runs in the third inning.
Donovan Tate and Matthew Colantonio got it started with singles, and Tate came home on Cory Adamson’s sacrifice fly. Jace Peterson then drew a walk, and Casey McElroy chased Colantonio and Peterson home with a two-out single.
Clinton (6-11) got one run back in the fourth on Jharmidy De Jesus’ double, then tied it in the fifth on RBI singles by Jamal Austin and De Jesus. Alfredo Morales’ two-out double gave Clinton the lead for good in the sixth.
Tate went 2 for 3 for the TinCaps. Luis De La Cruz took the loss on the mound.