Ronnie Richardson drew a bases-loaded walk on four pitches to tie the game in the ninth inning and Dustin Peterson followed with a walk-off single as the TinCaps rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Dayton 10-9 on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps (33-41) started their rally by stringing together three straight run-scoring hits in the seventh to cut into an 8-3 deficit. Franmil Reyes hit an RBI single, Jake Bauers had an RBI double, and Adolfo Reina delivered an RBI single.
Dayton (37-36) extended its lead to 9-6 in the top of the eighth before Richardson scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half.
Alejandro Chacin (4-2) gave up a solo home run to Bauers leading off the ninth. The TinCaps immediately got two more baserunners and Henry Charles sacrificed them into scoring position. Chacin intentionally walked River Stevens and then was replaced by right-hander Zack Weiss.
Weiss threw six straight out of the strike zone before firing a fastball over the outer half of the plate. Peterson, who went 4 for 6, drilled it to right for the TinCaps’ sixth walk-off victory.
Dragons left-hander Amir Garrett went five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He took a no-decision after he had lost his first two starts against Fort Wayne.
The TinCaps over came adversity. Walker Weickel was hit hard and committed one of the TinCaps’ four errors.
Weickel gave up seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. It was his second straight shaky start after three strong performances in a row. The big right-hander allowed three earned runs on 11 hits in four innings in his final start before the All-Star break.
Phillip Ervin’s RBI triple in the first opened the scoring before Fort Wayne scored twice in the first on an RBI single by Reyes and a sacrifice fly by Bauers.
Ryan Miller seized the team lead with his seventh home run to give the TinCaps a 3-2 edge in the second.
Dayton scored four runs over the next two innings to knock Weickel out of the game. Ervin’s two-run triple in the fourth made it 6-3. He finished 3 for 4 with a walk.
Jorge Guzman (1-0) recorded five outs to earn the victory.