The TinCaps are battling for a playoff spot and it showed Thursday night. Fort Wayne overcame an eight-run deficit to beat Lake County 12-11 in 10 innings at Parkview Field. The win put the TinCaps into a tie for the Eastern Division's second-half wildcard spot.
Shortstop Trea Turner's one-out single in the 10th scored Henry Charles with the winning run. It was the fourth run of the game for Charles, who also connected for one of three home runs hit by Fort Wayne.
Fernando Perez provided the biggest blow for the TinCaps went he hit a grand slam in the 8th inning to tie the game at 11.
“I said to myself, 'You cannot just let this opportunity go away,' ” Perez said in a news release. “I didn't realize I tied the game. I was just trying to get a couple runs in.”
Fort Wayne trailed 11-3 but scored four runs in the 7th and 8th innings highlighted by Perez's 10th round tripper of the year. Besides Perez and Charles the other TinCaps homer was hit by catcher Ryan Miller, who leads the team with 11.
Five players had two hits each for Fort Wayne. Besides his game-winning single, Turner also collected a triple. The other TinCaps players with two hits were Charles, Franmil Reyes, Ronnie Richardson and Norwell graduate Josh VanMeter.
Ryan Butler, 1-0, got the win on the mound. Butler pitched the 9th and 10th innings and didn't allow a run while striking out two. Lake County had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth but Butler struck out Paul Hendrix and Nellie Rodriguez to end the threat.
The Captains had two runners on again in the 10th with one out but this time Butler enticed a fly out by Grant Fink and a ground out by Claudio Bautisto to snuff out the rally.