Game recap from the TinCaps:
TinCaps Surge Late, Sweep Bowling Green
Fort Wayne plates two in ninth, wins fifth consecutive game
By Mike Monaco
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (June 10, 2016) â€” For the sixth time this season, the TinCaps won when trailing after eight innings after a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) on Thursday night at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Fort Wayne (34-26) completed the three-game sweep of the Hot Rods (29-30) and stretched its winning streak to a season-long five games. No other Midwest League team has won more than two games when trailing after eight innings.
Trailing 3-2 with one out in the top of the ninth inning, TinCaps designated hitter Brad Zunica delivered a two-run single up the middle to plate pinch runner Ruddy Giron and third baseman Carlos Belen.
Fort Wayne righty Gerardo Reyes (S, 4) then worked a 1-2-3 home ninth with a pair of strikeouts to secure his second save of the series.
The TinCaps began the night two games behind second-place Lake County in the Eastern Division.
Bowling Green struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but the TinCaps countered in the second when Zunica launched his fifth home run of the seasonâ€”a solo shot to right field to tie the game, 1-1.
Fort Wayne jumped ahead in the fourth when Belen floated an RBI single to center to reel in shortstop Peter Van Gansen, who led off the frame with a double.
The Hot Rods, though, tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the inning and grabbed a 3-2 lead in the seventh with an unearned run.
TinCaps reliever Corey Kimber (W, 1-0) worked two innings in his Fort Wayne debut. He followed southpaw Jerry Keel, who logged 2.1 scoreless innings with a career-high four strikeouts. Keel has not allowed an earned run over his last nine outings.
Hot Rods All-Star right-hander Diego Castillo (L, 1-3) blew the save.
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