FORT WAYNE – Josh VanMeter singled with two outs in the ninth inning and scored from first base on a throwing error to give the TinCaps a stunning 4-3 victory over West Michigan on Monday at Parkview Field.
On a night Walker Weickel continued his turnaround on the mound and the bullpen faltered, pinch-hitter Fernando Perez tied it at 3 with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The TinCaps (26-31) took two out of three in the series and won a day after the worst loss in franchise history.
Weickel allowed one run on four hits in six innings. TinCaps reliever Eric Yardley was unable to protect a 2-1 lead when catcher Bennett Pickar hit an RBI single in the seventh.
But Pickar ended up being the goat for West Michigan (32-26). With Ronnie Richardson batting, Pickar tried to pick off VanMeter at first. Whitecaps first baseman Jeff Holm was not expecting the throw, which sailed into the right field corner.
VanMeter beat a relay and was mobbed behind home plate by hysterical teammates. Fort Wayne celebrated its fifth walk-off victory of the season and second in three days. Adolfo Reina launched a two-run homer in the 10th inning in the opener of the series Friday.