Another comeback. Another win.
It’s almost routine for the TinCaps at this point. Fort Wayne got its 13th come-from-behind win of the season thanks to three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and beat Dayton 5-3 on Sunday at Parkview Field.
“At this point, any wins you gotta take,” manager Jose Valentin said. “We got a lot of chances today to win a little bit easier again. Between our fourth and fifth hitter, you know, they left a lot of guys on base.
“We got lucky.”
It was a sloppy game without a traditional 1-2-3 inning, but the TinCaps (38-23) picked up the win in front of a crowd of 7,313.
Fort Wayne also remained undefeated against the Dragons (26-36) in five tries this year.
“The good thing is, after we make the mistakes, we make them pay for them,” Valentin said of a game that featured six errors, four by Dayton. “If we just continue to do that, and we find a way how to win, that’s fine with me.”
The last of Dayton’s errors came in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, allowing the TinCaps to score two run and take the lead.
Fort Wayne got runners on second and third with no outs in the eighth, but leadoff man Mallex Smith struck out, as did right fielder Corey Adamson.
Maxx Tissenbaum loaded the bases with a walk on the next at-bat, and a ground ball from Diego Goris shuffled out of shortstop Zach Vincej’s glove to bring in two runs.
“We just let them back into the game sometimes,” said Adamson, who had a 3-for-5 day at the plate. “This team, we have the confidence that even if we are behind in any situation we can come back and win it.”
TinCaps starter Max Fried went 5 2/3 innings with one earned run and five hits. He walked four. His replacement, Matthew Chabot, picked up the win after 2 1/3 innings with one earned run and three hits.
Leonel Campos pitched the ninth to save the TinCaps’ seventh straight win. The winning streak is Fort Wayne’s best this season.
“We got away with it, which is good,” Valentin said. “Sometimes, you gotta get lucky because that’s how the game goes.”
The TinCaps are 5 1/2 games ahead of third-place Bowling Green with nine games to go in the first half. Locking up a playoff berth in the first half now seems to be a certainty.
“The way we’re playing right now, I feel like we’re in good shape, but you never know,” Valentin said. “We’re just gonna take it one at a time and forget who’s ahead, who’s behind us. We just got to continue to play.”