FORT WAYNE – The TinCaps produced more late-inning drama on Thursday night at Parkview Field. This time, though, it worked in their favor in a 6-5 win over Peoria.
Designated hitter Dustin Peterson lined the first pitch to left field for a walkoff single with one out in the bottom of the ninth. The TinCaps (5-8) won a series opener for the first time this season
After Peoria took a 5-4 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, Franchy Cordero came through in the bottom of the frame with a tying sacrifice fly.
The TinCaps appeared to have had enough to win after a four-run fourth inning.
Ronnie Richardson opened the inning with a single and moved to second when Mallex Smith beat out a chopper to first. They both raced home on a double by Josh VanMeter that split the outfielders.
After Dustin Peterson struck out, the TinCaps tied it at 3 on Franmil Reyes' RBI double to right field. He scored on Fernando Perez's single.
The TinCaps lost 7-5 yesterday in a game that went 18 innings and lasted 5 hours, 45 minutes. This one, the opener of a three-game series, was much more brisk and routine.
TinCaps starter Pete Kelich went six innings and gave up three runs on five hits. Tony Rizzotti was the winning pitcher.
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