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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette The TinCaps' manager Anthony Contreras, left, shakes the hand of player G.K. Young as he rounds third base after hitting a home run during the third inning during the TinCaps vs. Lansing baseball game at Parkview Field.  

Saturday, July 08, 2017 11:20 pm

TinCaps stunned in 9th by Lugnuts

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

With an announced crowd of 7,848 roaring in anticipation of yet another win, the TinCaps came tantalizingly close, but that final out proved to be the toughest to get.

Ridge Smith delivered a game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning as Lansing rallied past Fort Wayne 9-8 tonight at Parkview Field, evening the four-game series at one win apiece.

The TinCaps (36-51, 10-7 second half) had Blake Rogers on the mound attempting to protect an 8-7 lead with two outs and two baserunners in scoring position. Smith's bouncer up the middle was knocked down by middle infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nate Easley, but they collided and had no play at first base or the plate as two runs crossed.

The Lugnuts (43-40, 6-11) trailed 8-5 after seven innings. Wilmer Torres gave up a two-out RBI single to Andres Sotillo in the eighth, but Rogers entered and retired Luis De Los Santos with two men on base.

Lansing then loaded the bases against Rogers with one out in the ninth. Nash Knight grounded a ball that could have been an inning-ending double play, but Tatis bobbled it and could only throw out Knight at first as a run scored.

Fort Wayne wasted an 11-hit offensive showing. G.K. Young finished a single shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a solo home run, his seventh of the season. In the third, Brad Zunica launched his 15th home run of the year to pull the TinCaps within 5-4, and Young followed with his tying drive two batters later.

Starter Reggie Lawson pitched only 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on three hits. Control was an issue in the third when Lansing put up five runs, including a grand slam by Edward Olivares. Lawson threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and issued four walks.

Rod Boykin also homered, his sixth, for Fort Wayne.

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