2011 TinCaps season comes to an end in bottom of 9th inning

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2011 Season comes to an end in bottom of 9th inning

By Mike Maahs / Fort Wayne TinCaps

LANSING, MI – A bases-loaded walk issued to Michael Crouse with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Oliver Dominguez from third base with what turned out to be the winning run, as Lansing defeated Fort Wayne by a score of 8-7 on Monday night, sending the Lugnuts into the Midwest League Championship Series, and ending the season for the TinCaps.

[…] The TinCaps mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning.

They scored three runs off Lansing reliever Brandon Berl to close to within 6-5, with the key plays being an RBI-single by Bisson, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rico Noel, and a run-scoring single by Rymer Liriano.

Fort Wayne tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the eighth inning, when Connor Powers walked, went to second base on a single by Rocky Gale, moved over to third base on a successful sacrifice bunt, then, scored when B.J. Guinn hit into a fielder’s choice.

The tie didn’t last long, as Perez led off the bottom of the eighth with his second triple of the game, and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hobson, the run giving the Lugnuts a 7-6 lead.

Down a run heading into the top of the ninth inning, the TinCaps once again fought back to tie the score.

Noel tripled off Lansing relief pitcher Brandon Webb, and came home on a single by Cory Spangenberg to make the score 7-7.

That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth.

Webb (1-0 in the playoffs) picked up the win, while Quackenbush (0-1 in the playoffs) suffered the loss.

Counting the playoffs, Fort Wayne finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 71 victories and 72 defeats.


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