Fort Wayne, IN:
The Great Lakes Loons got a much needed win in extra innings beating the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) 5-4 at Parkway Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana tonight.
The Loons broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the tenth inning on an RBI singles by Brendon Davis and Omar Estevez to take a 5-3 lead.
Tincaps' shortstop Chris Baker tripled with one out in the bottom of the tenth and scored on a passed ball, but Loons reliever Ivan Vieitez (4-4, 3.86 ERA) settled down to get his fourth win of the season.
McKinstry led off the tenth with a single and advanced to second on a one out single by Saige Jenco. Davis then drove in McKinstry with a line drive RBI single to left field. Estevez added to the lead with the eventual game winning RBI single, which scored Jenco.
Just a week ago, the Loons held a decisive lead over the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) for the final eastern division playoff spot in the Midwest League post season. However, a recent skid had that playoff spot in jeopardy.
After winning the first three games of their road series with the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs) last week, the Loons dropped their next three games. It wasn't until tonight's win -coupled with a Lansing loss- extended their lead back to 1.5 games with just one series remaining in the 2016 regular season.
Vieitez allowed one run on 1 hit while striking out 4 batters through 3 innings for the win.
Jordan Sheffield (4.09 ERA) and Andrew Istler (1.02 ERA) shared another productive piggy-back start for the Loons allowing no runs on 2 hits, and 1 walk while striking out 3-batters through 2 combined innings.
Dennis Santana (5-9, 3.07 ERA) gave up the first 3 Tincaps runs on 4-hits and 2-walks, while striking out 3 batters in 2-innings of middle relief work.
Dean Kremer (2-1, 0.59) lowered his already minuscule ERA as he allowed just 1 hit while striking out 6 batters through 3-innings.
Logan Landon was 3 for 3 with an RBI, 2-walks, and 2-runs scored to lead the Great Lakes offense. Estevez was 3 for 5 with an RBI, while Jenco, Davis, and McKinstry had 2-hits each respectively.
The Loons will try and secure a playoff spot as they host the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) for the final series of the regular season tomorrow thru Monday at Dow Diamond.