Loons lose 'pitchers duel' on wild pitch walk off 2-1 to Fort Wayne Tincaps
Loons starter Victor Gonzalez gave up 1 run on 3 hits through 5 innings and James Carter followed with 3 perfect innings of relief...
By: Jason Marcoux
17th June, 2018
Fort Wayne, IN:
The Great Lakes Loons (24-43) battled back to tie the game in the fourth, but eventually dropped a 2-1 decision on a walk-off to the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) in front of 7,374 at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN tonight.
Following a low-scoring pitchers duel throughout most of the night, the Tincaps managed to end the game, breaking a (1-1) tie in the bottom of the ninth when Fort Wayne LF Robbie Podorsky led off the inning with a single, stole second base and moved to third on a sac bunt, before scoring on a wild pitch for the 2-1 walk-off victory.
Fort Wayne had jumped out to an early lead when second baseman Esteury Ruiz led off the bottom of the second with a double and was driven in on an RBI-single by shortstop Gabriel Arias to give the Tincaps a 1-0 lead after 2-innings.
Loons starter Victor Gonzalez (3.12 ERA) had a very good start, giving up 1-run on 3-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 3-batters through 5-innings, before reliever James Carter (3.94 ERA) replaced him to start the sixth and was perfect, while striking out 4-Tincaps' batters throughout the next 3-innings.
The Loons answered two innings later when Great Lakes third baseman Jared Walked reached on a 1-out double, then scored on an RBI-single by second baseman Eric Peterson to tie the game at 1-run apiece midway through the fourth inning.
Loons closer Aneurys Zabala (2-2, 6.11 ERA) suffered his second loss of the season after giving up 1-run on 1-hit and 2-walks, with 2-strikeouts through 2/3 of an inning in the ninth.
The Loons and Tincaps will wrap up the first half of the 2018 MWL season with the final game of the series at 1:05 pm at Parkview Field tomorrow afternoon.