The TinCaps rallied but couldn't hold on and lost 5-4 to Great Lakes for their franchise-tying 10th loss in a row. Fort Wayne scored three runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game at 4 but a leadoff home run by Webster Rivas in the bottom of the inning gave the Loons the win at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich.
Trailing 4-1 entering the 9th, the TinCaps weren't going down without a fight. Great Lakes brought in its closer Mark Pope for the final inning. The first two Fort Wayne batters, Fernando Perez and Franmil Reyes, greeted Pope with singles. After Pope got the next two batters, he walked Nick Schulz to load the bases. An infield single by Reynaldo Bruguera drove in Perez and kept the bases loaded. Norwell graduate Josh VanMeter got his second hit of the game – a single to right field – to drive in Reyes and Schulz to tie the score.
Great Lakes replaced Pope on the mound with Victor Araujo and Araujo struck out Ronnie Richardson to end the inning and set up Rivas' heroics. Rivas connected off righthander Nick Mutz who had just entered the game.
The hits were tied at nine. Besides VanMeter's two hits, Reyes and Jake Bauers also collected a pair of hits for Fort Wayne. Rounding out the hits for the TinCaps were singles by Richardson, Perez and Bruguera.
VanMeter was involved in three of the four Fort Wayne runs. Besides his two RBI's, he also scored the first run of the game for the TinCaps. After doubling to lead off the 6th inning, VanMeter eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Perez.