Oh, What A Night

Last time we talked before Saturday night’s game at Parkview Field, we detailed how Fort Wayne would be running on fumes after driving home from Bowling Green through the night. Just about 14 hours after arriving home around 5:30 a.m., the TinCaps took the field against Wild Card-leading West Michigan. Things looked even bleaker once Fort Wayne fell behind 5-0.

But wouldn’t ya know, for the second time in four games, the TinCaps overcame a five-run deficit and won — in walk-off fashion! We’re not big on using exclamation points around here, but, when you have a sell-out, standing-room only crowd of 8,136 fans on hand enjoying idyllic weather and even throw in some fun entertainment from BirdZerk!, it’s hard not to be excited.

The TinCaps have now won four in a row at home and finished May 9-1 at Parkview Field. Fort Wayne is the hottest team in the East Division right now having won eight of its last 10. There’s a lot to say after such a wild win, so we’ll let Mike Couzens and Dave Doster get to it in last night’s postgame recap, including video highlights.

Here’s how our call of Dustin Peterson’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth sounded on radio.

Mike Maahs — prophetic once again. Do we call that The Solo Shot That Came To Fruition? (Listen to this if you’re confused.)

And below, you can take a listen to Adolfo Reina’s walk-off home run.

To elaborate on how improbable it was for Adolfo to be the “hero,” consider that on May 31, 2013, he was at Parkview Field as West Michigan’s backup catcher. The 24-year-old from Venezuela hadn’t hit a home run in 124 games. Not since August 25, 2012 when he was playing for Detroit’s Advanced-A affiliate in the Florida State League, the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

You’d figure Adolfo would feel some extra satisfaction after beating his old team with a walk-off longball. But, you’d be wrong. He told the Journal Gazette‘s Chris Goff following the game that it was “just business.”

So how do you celebrate such a win? If you’re relief pitcher Justin Livengood, you do this…

Move over, Michael Jackson Hologram.

For those who couldn’t pull off moonwalking, there were other ways to celebrate.

By the way, with the Family Campout after the game, that changes the postgame routine for the TinCaps Cleanup Crew, who had to come in extra-early today to get set for a 3:05 game. Yet, the stadium is still sparkling right now on another magnificently sunny day. Props to Donald Miller & company.

There’s even more #BIGFUN in store today. It’s Bark in the Park, meaning dogs will be welcomed for fans who purchased Pooch Passes in advance. It’s also Stich N’ Pitch Day, so fans of knitting, quilting, etc., will be doing their thing while taking in the game. Hopefully someone knits a glove in case a foul ball comes their way. What more? Former Brooklyn/LA Dodger Carl Erskine will be here to perform the National Anthem and lead the Seventh Inning Stretch on his harmonica. And for the kids, players will be signing autographs on the field after the game. We’re looking forward to another crowd of more than 6,000 fans.

MUSICAL GUEST

With Bark in the Park on the brain, Florence and the Machine, take it away…

Hope ya can join us this afternoon either on TV (XFINITY Channel 81) or radio (The Fan 1380). And as always, would love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @John_G_Nolan. Thanks for reading!

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