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The Journal Gazette

Friday, August 11, 2017 10:20 pm

TinCaps rally to beat Hot Rods

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps overcame adversity in more ways than one Friday night.

In an 8-7, come-from-behind win over Bowling Green, Fernando Tatis Jr. launched his 20th home run of the season, tying Fort Wayne's franchise record, and the TinCaps survived the final four innings with G.K. Young, normally a first baseman, playing catcher.

A.J. Kennedy started at catcher but was removed just before the start of the third inning because of an apparent injury. With Marcus Greene Jr. apparently unavailable, Luis Anguizola, who has some catching experience, took over behind the plate, but he left after the fifth, forcing Fort Wayne's emergency catcher, Young, into that position.

The Hot Rods (60-54, 29-18 second half) were ahead 5-0 in the third when Tatis hit a two-run homer, matching Jake Patterson's single-season team record set in 1997.

Young's solo homer in the fourth made it 5-3, and Fort Wayne would trail 7-3 before scoring five in the seventh. Jack Suwinski's two-run triple began the rally, followed by Buddy Reed's sacrifice fly to make it a one-run game. Jorge Oñs and Young then drew consecutive bases-loaded walks to finish the outburst.

The TinCaps (57-60, 31-16) nailed down the win thanks to 1 1/3 scoreless innings from Hansel Rodriguez for his eighth save.