They came to Monday night off another Sunday loss but on an eight-wins-in-12-games roll, with a pitcher on the hill (Yimmi Brasoban) whose season ERA was north of eight but who’d given up just one earned run in his last 11 innings’ work.
In other words: The indicators were mixed.
The results were not.
Jake Bauers’ sacrifice fly to the wall in right scored Trea Turner with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, and the TinCaps (45-60, 15-21 second half) made it stand up for a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in front of a sellout crowd of 7,144 at Parkview Field.
It was the TinCaps’ ninth win in their last 13 games and perhaps the most stirring. They spotted the Timber Rattlers (55-50, 19-17) a 4-0 lead after three innings before roaring back as Brasoban settled in and relievers Justin Livengood and Ryan Butler quieted the Timber Rattlers.
Livengood got the win in relief of Brasoban, who gave up six hits and struck out six in six innings of work.
“That was good to see,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. “Yimmi puts up some good innings, and then Livengood, outstanding. Puts us right there and gives us every chance.
“We’re just playing a lot more complete ballgames, ballgames where the pitching is giving us every chance. The defense has played very well the last few weeks. And the offense has put up some runs and come through with some big hits.”
That was especially true in the eighth.
The TinCaps loaded the bases on Turner’s leadoff broken-bat single, a hit batsman and an intentional walk of Franmil Reyes. A double steal moved Turner to third and Reyes to second, and then Bauers’ fly ball and Adolfo Reina’s RBI double broke the 4-all tie as the TinCaps sent seven batters to the plate in the inning.
“I think the biggest part was just Turner getting on base,” Collins said. “He gets on, it changes everything.”
Turner, the 13th overall pick in the June draft, did not disagree.
“Anytime I can get on base, it’s obviously good for the team, just because my speed disrupts the other team and puts pressure on them,” said Turner, who continued to light it up at the plate with another 3-for-4 night. “Even if I don’t run, they still have to think about it. I try to be smart on the bases and not make any stupid mistakes.”
Jose Pena’s two-out homer to the lawn seating in left-center – the Timber Rattlers’ first hit off Brasoban – gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead in the second. The Timber Rattlers added three more in the third on Taylor Brennan’s two-out, bases-loaded double into the left-field corner.
The TinCaps, meanwhile, went down easily to Timber Rattlers starter Preston Gainey, who struck out four and used just 36 pitches through three innings before surrendering a run in the fourth on Reyes’ two-out single.
Two innings later, it was a 4-all game.
Reina led off the TinCaps’ fifth with a scorching single, and Ronnie Richardson followed with a double.
One batter later, Henry Charles drove both home with another single. Then, in the home sixth, Reyes walked with one out, went to third on Bauers’ single to right and scored on a Reina sacrifice fly to center.