You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Full Count

  • TinCaps staffer honored
    TinCaps director of promotions and community relations Abby Naas was named the Midwest League's Female Executive of the Year.
  • Padres, TinCaps renew development contract
    The TinCaps said today they have renewed their player development contract with San Diego through the 2016 season.
  • TinCaps' 2009 title team makes Single-A history
    Seventeen members of the 2009 TinCaps have broken into the major leagues, a Class A record, according to information provided by the TinCaps from Sports Reference president Sean Forman.

TinCaps walk off on West Michigan error

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.