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TinCaps rally for win

The TinCaps rallied from an eight-run deficit against the Lake County Captains for a 12-11 win. It included a grand slam by Fernando Perez and a game-winning single by Trea Turner.

Photos by Ben Mikesell | The Journal Gazette
TinCaps starting pitcher Yimmi Brasoban dives for a ground ball Thursday against the Lake County Captains. Brasoban gave up nine hits, but the TinCaps won 12-11 in 10 innings.
TinCaps 12, Captains 11, 10 innings

TinCaps slam door shut

Come back from 8-run deficit with game-tying homer

Henry Charles watches as he hits a home run in the second inning Thursday night at Parkview Field.
Ben Mikesell | The Journal Gazette
TinCaps pitcher Yimmi Brasoban looks to the scoreboard Thursday against Lake County. He gave up six runs.

– Trea Turner’s single in the 10th inning gave the TinCaps an improbable 12-11 comeback victory over the Lake County Captains on Thursday in front of 8,103 fans at Parkview Field.

Turner’s broken-bat single scored Henry Charles from third base as the TinCaps (22-24, 52-63) scored the last nine runs of the game.

Fernando Perez’s grand slam home run to center field tied the game at 11 in the eighth.

“It’s amazing,” Perez said. “There’s no way to explain it.”

Ronnie Richardson, Charles and Josh VanMeter got on base before Perez’s shot off the Captains’ Juan Beras.

“I just went up there trying to not do too much,” Perez said. “I was lucky he left the pitch up in the zone, and I put a good swing on it.”

The TinCaps scored four runs in the seventh and eighth after trailing 11-3 in the seventh.

“Credit our guys for sticking with it and continuing to swing the bats,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said of the comeback.

The win by the TinCaps ties Great Lakes in the race for the second of two second-half playoff spots in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division, a half-game behind Dayton for the first spot and now a half-game ahead of Lake County.

It was the opener of a four-game series against the Captains (21-24, 48-67).

“That’s a big momentum swing for either team right there,” Collins said. “It was a big swing in (the winner’s) favor, and we need to make sure we are ready to play tomorrow.

“It was definitely a turning point in the game, … coming back, and everybody loves a walk-off.”

The comeback ties for the largest in franchise history since becoming the TinCaps in 2009.

“It’s just great for the team,” Perez said of the win. “We have been playing pretty good ball lately. This just gives us more confidence, … and hopefully we can keep doing the same.”

Trailing 3-0, Lake County scored five times in the third, once in the fourth, twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh.

The Captains outhit the TinCaps 19-12 in a nearly four-hour game.

Perez finished with six RBI, while Charles scored four runs and knocked in two. Richardson scored three times, and VanMeter had two runs scored.

Ryan Butler (1-0) picked up the win, while Alexis Paredes (3-4) took the loss.

TinCaps starter Yimmi Brasoban went 3 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits, six earned runs, striking out four and walking three.

Relief pitcher Josh Richardson went 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and five earned runs.

gjones@jg.net

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