Quite a few different things happened at Parkview Field on Thursday night, and the end result was a walk-off 6-5 TinCaps win.
Starting pitcher Luis Patiño twirled a gem, throwing 5.2 innings of no-hit baseball. Patiño struck out eight batters, and only issued three walks.
Immediately after Patiño came out of the game, the Loons scored a pair of runs off of Caleb Boushley (one was charged to Patiño).
The game went into extra innings tied 2-2. In the top of the tenth, Brock Carpenter clubbed an opposite field three-run homer to give Great Lakes its first lead of the night.
The 'Caps had no trouble in the bottom of that frame, however. A string of batters reached base, and the TinCaps drove in three runs, and loaded the bases, without recording a single out. With the bases loaded, Justin Lopez ended the night with a walk-off walk, drawing ball four off a bases-loaded count.
The victory is the fourth consecutive win for the TinCaps (all against Great Lakes) and the seventh in a row for Fort Wayne at home.
BATES III AT THE BALLPARK
Snider graduate Jessie Bates III made an appearance at Parkview Field on Thursday, throwing out the first pitch before the game. Bates made the leap to the NFL earlier this year, getting selected in the second round of the draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
MOVING ON UP
Starting pitcher Nick Margevicius left Fort Wayne on Thursday, moving up in the San Diego farm system. Margevicius will now join Lake Elsinore's roster, after posting a 5-5 record, with a 3.07 ERA while pitching for the TinCaps.