Prospect Playoff Report: TinCaps heartbreaker

San Antonio is eliminated, as they can't overcome a five-run cushion Midland secured by the fourth. Fort Wayne gets two different go-ahead RBI from Cole Figueroa in the ninth inning and beyond yet still takes a disappointing loss.

San Antonio lost 5-2 to Midland – Missions eliminated in best of five series (Midland wins series, 3-1)

While the bullpen delivered 4.1 scoreless innings, stranding four inherited runners through the process, Midland struck for five runs off starter Corey Kluber and that proved to be enough. Kluber allowed a single run in the second and four runs in the fourth – three coming on one mighty swing. The San Antonio bullpen allowed two runs across 16.1 innings during the series.

Eric Sogard tripled to lead off the sixth and scored on a Logan Forsythe groundout to score the Missions first run. A Lance Zawadzki double with one out was followed by a Seth Johnston single in the seventh to create the final tally. Zawadzki hit just .133 during the four-game series with two hits and just one run scored. Sawyer Carroll went hitless in 14 at-bats. Team leading hitter Craig Cooper was 2-for-17 with no runs scored and no RBI.

Fort Wayne lost 11-10 to Great Lakes in 11 innings (Great Lakes up 1-0 in best of three)

Three batters into the game, Jaff Decker hit a two-run blast to right field to stake the TinCaps to an early lead. They would load the bases on a single and two walks an inning later, scoring a run on a Kevin Hansen walk and seeing their fourth run of the game touch home on a Dan Robertson single. Hansen led the TinCaps in hitting versus the Loons during the regular season with a .300 average.

Great Lakes got two back in the fourth off Michael Watt. Successive singles put runners on the corners. Two sacrifice flies were used to bring the runners home. Consecutive extra base hits in the following frame cut the deficit to one and the Loons third sacrifice fly of the game tied the score at 4-4.

Fort Wayne moved on top again in the seventh. Vince Belnome doubled in a pair of runs. In the bottom half, a single, stolen base and single brought in a run against Alexis Lara. He was removed from the game in favor of Nick Greenwood. The southpaw loaded the bases before issuing a wild pitch with two outs, tying the game up at 6-6.

Jaff Decker started a ninth inning rally with a single to center – his second hit of the game. After a walk, Cole Figueroa delivered a go-ahead hit for the second straight game, singling to left to score Decker. After Allan Dykstra was intentionally walked with a pair in scoring position, Justin Baum smoked his third base hit of the contest, driving in two to extend the TinCaps lead to 9-6. Decker, who led the team with 15 runs scored and 14 RBI against the Loons during the regular season, scored three times and drove in two.

Brad Brach, who allowed two hits in seven innings against the Loons during the regular season and had earned the save in the TinCaps first two wins, surrendered a three-run homer to the third batter he faced, tying the game at 9-9. He would finish out the inning to send it into extra innings. Brach had blown just one save during the entire regular season. The right-hander struck out the side in the ensuing frame to push the game to inning number 11.

Belnome doubled to leadoff the 11th and was replaced by Jason Codiroli. Figueroa, who put the TinCaps ahead in the ninth, came through again with a single to center to give Fort Wayne a 10-9 advantage.

Zach Herr came on to finish things off but would not have much luck in the seesaw affair. He gave up two runs on two hits and a pair of walks – a two-out single the final blow that ended the game.

Stiven Osuna is set to go on Sunday at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne with Simon Castro staked for Monday, if necessary.

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