Game recap from the TinCaps:
Parkview Field Magic Strikes, TinCaps Win in 15
(July 31, 2016) – Parkview Field Magic struck again on Saturday night as the TinCaps won their fourth game in a row, 4-3, in 15 innings over the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) in front of a sell-out crowd of 7,622.
The long night finally came to a close when third baseman Carlos Belen drove in catcher Austin Allen from first base with a walk-off triple to right-center field off Daniel Young (L, 0-1). It was Fort Wayne’s first run since the fifth inning, and the game’s first run since the seventh.
This was the longest TinCaps game since April 18, 2014, when Fort Wayne and the Burlington Bees played an 18-inning marathon at Parkview Field that went 5 hours, 45 minutes.
For Belen, the 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic, he finished a home run shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-7. His game-winning triple helped to make amends for being tagged out in the 13th when he over-ran third base with runners at first and second and one out. Earlier, in the fifth, Belen was at first base and got doubled up on a fly out to left field.
While Belen received the pie-to-the-face treatment after Allen touched home, Fort Wayne’s pitchers deserved just as much adoration. Left-hander JosÃ© Castillo (W, 1-1), a 20-year-old from Venezuela, was spectacular for a season-long 4 2/3 innings, striking out a career-high nine batters.
Castillo followed after righty Corey Kimber spun 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. TinCaps starter Emmanuel Ramirez, in his first start of the season with the team, worked seven quality innings, allowing only three runs.
Perhaps most impressive, the Fort Wayne trio on the mound didn’t walk a batter all night. In fact, TinCaps pitchers haven’t walked a batter in 45 1/3 innings since Monday.
Initially, it was Lansing that led 1-0 in the first. Fort Wayne, however, responded in the second when first baseman Nick Vilter roped an RBI double into the left-field corner to tie it, 1-1.
The Lugnuts (18-17, 54-51) grasped a 2-1 lead in the third, but the TinCaps answered in the home half on Vilter’s sacrifice fly to left field that reeled in center fielder Tyler Moore.
In the fifth, Vilter smacked another sacrifice fly to left to plate shortstop Ruddy Giron and hand the TinCaps a 3-2 lead. Belen was out at first on the play.
The Lugnuts responded, though, with a Connor Panas solo home run in the top of the seventh to knot the game, 3-3. It stayed that way for a while.
Sunday, July 31 vs. Lansing Lugnuts at Parkview Field (1:05)
- TinCaps Probable Starter: RHP Anderson Espinoza
- Lugnuts Probable Starter: LHP Ryan Borucki
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