TinCaps Force Third Game Tonight

Brian Cavazos-Galvez

Great Lakes ran into a determined Fort Wayne club that scored four times early in the game and then held on to win 9-4 and force a third game tonight. Ogden dropped their second consecutive game to Orem and bowed out of the Pioneer League playoffs.

Loons Lose 9-4 to TinCaps
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

The Fort Wayne TinCaps notched four runs in the game's first three innings and never trailed en route to a 9-4 victory over the Great Lakes Loons. The win forces a series-deciding Game 3 Monday night in Fort Wayne.

  The Loons never led in the game and have only led in the series in the moments immediately following Jerry Sands' game-winning single in the 11th inning Saturday.

  Bobby Blevins, who threw 3.1 innings of relief on Thursday against West Michigan, got the start on short rest and was charged with six runs, three earned, in 4.1 innings.

  Fort Wayne struck for two in the second and two in the third to take an early 4-0 lead with two of the TinCaps' runs unearned.

The Loons pulled to within three on Nick Buss' first post-season home run in the fourth. Fort Wayne answered with a pair of runs in the fifth and the Loons got them two back in the sixth when Kyle Russell single and the 'Caps misplayed a sac bunt by Buss that allowed Russell to score. Alfredo Silverio's sacrifice fly drove in the second run.

Fort Wayne added three more runs before the Loons final, ninth-inning rally run on an RBI double by Esteban Lopez.

  Fort Wayne pounded out 14 hits against three Loons pitchers. Robert Boothe followed Blevins and was charged with a run in 1.1 innings.  Roberto Feliciano hurled the team's final 2.1 innings.  Both teams committed three errors in the game.

  The series-deciding game will be played tonight in Fort Wayne.  Lefty Aaron Miller will face right-hander Simon Castro in the pivotal contest. Neither pitcher allowed a run in their playoff debuts last Wednesday.

 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 102 001-4
Fort Wayne	022 021 20x-9

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  1  0  .391
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .222
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .263
Russell rf	4  1  1  0  .190
Buss cf        	3  2  1  1  .316
Silverio lf	3  0  0  1  .200
Sands 1b	4  0  0  0  .200
Becker dh	4  1  0  0  .211
Lopez c	        2  0  1  1  .333
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 Totals	        29  4  4  3
 Fort Wayne	38  9 14  7

 Errors- Pedroza 2 (3), Russell (2).
2B- Lopez (1). HR- Buss (1). RBI- Buss
(1), Silverio 3 Lopez (1). S- Buss.
SF- Silverio. LOB- Great Lakes 8.
DP- Gordon, Pedroza and Sands.

 Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins (0-1)	4.1  9  6-3  0  1  3.52
Boothe	        1.1  2  1-1  0  0  3.00
Feliciano	2.1  3  2-2  1  0  5.40
 HBP- by Feliciano. T- 2:58. Att- 2,734.
Orem Sweeps Ogden
The Raptors could never regain the momentum generated by their first half title drive, losing eight of 10 games before the Owlz knocked them out of the postseason for the second straight year. Ogden has now dropped its past seven playoff series.

The Owlz outclassed the Pioneer League in 2009, winning a league-high 51 regular-season games.

With intermittent rain and occasional lightening flashing around them, the Raptors scored three times in the third inning to erase a 1-0 first inning Owlz lead.

Bryant Hernandez and Brian Ruggiano singled to lead off he inning but Hernandez was nipped at third base on the play. Pedro Guerrero lived on an error as Ruggiano scored and league MVP Brian Cavazos-Galvez slugged a shot over the left field wall. Angelo Songco doubled but was also thrown out at third base stretching the hit.

Orem knocked starter Brian Wallach out of the box in the fourth inning without a runner being retired. Javier Solano gave up a home run to lead off the fifth before leaving in the ninth after issuing a walk. Steve Ames came in and surrendered a home run to make it a four-run game.

Ogden managed to bring the tying run to the plate with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth.

J.T. Wise walked and pinch-hitter Kyle Orr and Blake Smith singled to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Austin Yount ripped what looked like a single up the middle but a spectacular double play killed the momentum although Wise scored.

Brian Ruggiano lined out to left field to end the inning, the game and the season.

Ogden tied a franchise record with 42 regular-season victories.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez blasted a two-run homer in the third to put Ogden on top 3-1, energizing a club that had lost eight of ten entering the night.

Orem will host the winner of Monday night's Great Falls-Missoula game Wednesday night in the opener of a best-of-three championship series.

 Score by Innings
Orem	100 310 002-7
Ogden	003 000 001-4

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano 3b	5  1  2  0  .222
Guerrero ss	4  1  0  0  .125
Galvez cf	3  1  1  2  .143
Songco lf	3  0  2  0  .429
Erickson c	4  0  0  0  .125
Wise dh        	3  1  1  0  .167
Hatch 1b	3  0  1  0  .333
 Orr ph        	1  0  1  0 1.000
Akins rf	2  0  0  0  .200
 Smith ph-rf	2  0  1  0  .500
Hernandez 2b	3  0  2  0  .500
 Yount ph	1  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
 Totals	34  4 11  2
 Orem	27  7  7  6

 Error- Erickson (2). 2B- Songco 2 (2).
HR- Galvez (1). RBi- Galvez 2.
LOB- Ogden 6, Orem 7. DP- Guerrero,
Hernandez and Jacobs.

 Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wallach (0-1)	3.0  5  4-3  3  4  9.00
Solano	        3.0  1  1-1  2  2  3.00
Frias 	        2.1  0  0-0  2  3  3.86
Ames	        0.2  1  1-1  0  2 13.50
 HBP- Wise, by Frias. T- 2:57. Att- 1,570.

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