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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, May 26, 2018 11:10 pm

Lansing 12, TinCaps 11

TinCaps blow lead, lose in 10


For a second straight game, the TinCaps' bullpen coughed up a late lead, surrendering five runs in the ninth and two more in the 10th, and Fort Wayne fell to first-place Lansing 12-11 in 10 innings at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Michigan, despite totaling a season-high 16 hits. 

The TinCaps (21-27) led 10-3 after five innings and 10-6 with two outs and only a runner on first in the ninth, but were unable to secure a victory. Four straight Lugnuts singled off reliever Jared Carkuff to bring Lansing within a run and Norberto Obeso singled off Caleb Boushley to complete the comeback and send the game to extra innings. 

Fort Wayne scored in the top of the 10th on a Tirso Ornelas sacrifice fly, but Lansing (32-17) responded with a game-winning rally in the bottom half. Infielder Kevin Smith tripled to knot the score 11-11 and the winning run came across when second baseman Esteury Ruiz made an error on a ground ball with the bases loaded and two outs.

Despite the loss, the TinCaps' offense exploded after a string of games in which it struggled to score runs. Both Carlos Belen and Jeisson Rosario had four-hit nights, and three other Fort Wayne hitters had multiple knocks.

Belen in particular had a monster game, going 4 for 4 with a home run and a double. The first baseman came in hitting just .147 in May, but his homer in the second tied him with Ruiz for the team lead with five and his two RBI extended his total in that category to 24, also a team-best. 

TinCaps left-hander Tom Cosgrove had his longest outing of the season, pitching seven innings and giving up four runs on nine hits.