It took 13 innings and one minute shy of four hours, but the Fort Wayne TinCaps walked away with an 8-6 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Friday at Grand Chute, Wis.
Luis Domoromo drew a bases-loaded walk to give Fort Wayne the lead in the 13th and Tyler Stubblefield's ground-out scored Rodney Daal for a two-run cushion and eventual win.
Once again, the TinCaps scored first Friday. And once again, the Timber Rattlers came from behind.
In the top of the first, Mallex Smith walked for Fort Wayne and then stole his 34th base of the season. Maxx Tissenbaum grounded out with Smith taking third.
Diego Goris grounded out next to score Smith.
Wisconsin evened the score in the bottom of the second. Mike Garza walked and later stole second base. Max Walla singled him home to tie the game at 1 off TinCaps starter Mathew Shepherd.
Fort Wayne scored twice in the fourth. After Dane Phillips doubled, Chris Burke followed with a home run, his fourth.
But Wisconsin scored three runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead. Two Timber Rattler singles preceded a triple by Orlando Arcia, which tied the game. A sacrifice bunt added a third Timber Rattler run for the inning for a 4-3 lead.
But the TinCaps would not quit, scoring two in the sixth and one in the seventh for a 6-4 lead.
The bottom of the eighth inning started harmlessly for Fort Wayne as reliever Trevor Gott retired the first two Wisconsin batters. However the next two batters reached base (a walk and a single) against Gott, and manager Jose Valentin brought in Chris Nunn to try to end the threat. Nunn walked the first batter to load the bases and Mike Walla's single brought in Victor Roache. Mike Garza also tried to score on the play but was thrown out at the plate to keep Fort Wayne in front 6-5 heading to the ninth.
While the TinCaps were unable to score in the ninth, Wisconsin plated one run to send the game to extra innings. Alfredo Rodriguez's one-out single drove in Orlando Arcia with the tying run.
In other TinCaps news, infielder Luis Tejada, a Midwest League All-Star, has been put on the disabled list and infielder Eric Charles has transferred from Eugene to Fort Wayne. Charles is a Purdue grad and Zionsville native.
This is the first visit to the disabled list this season for Tejada, who was hitting .243 in 79 games with 1 HR and 31 RBIs. Tejada's 79 starts at first base are more than any TinCaps player at any position. Fort Wayne now has four Opening Day starters on the disabled list, as Tejada joins third baseman Gabriel Quintana, shorstop Stephen Carmon, and outfielder Alberth Martinez.