The 9th inning was an exciting one in six of today’s eight Midwest League games.
Two of those games featured last-inning comeback wins. The most impressive one took place in Peoria, where the Chiefs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Lansing Lugnuts 6-2. The 6-run 9th inning was capped by a Paul Hoilman grand slam that gave the Chiefs a 2-1 series victory over the league’s best team.
In Clinton, the Fort Wayne TinCaps also successfully rallied in the 9th inning, scoring four runs to beat the LumberKings 7-3. The TinCaps scored all four runs with two outs in the inning.
In Geneva, the Kane County Cougars were leading 6-0 in the top of the 9th inning when the Lake County Captains’ bats suddenly awakened. The Captains scored five runs off RHP Brooks Pounders, who struck out Cleveland Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor to end the game.
In Burlington, the Bees also made a valiant effort to win the game in the 9th inning by scoring five runs in the bottom half, but the Great Lakes Loons held on to win 11-9. The Loons scored their last two runs – the ones that made the difference in the game – in their half of the 9th.
In Dayton, the Dragons held on to beat the Kernels 3-2, but Cedar Rapids made it interesting by scoring once and leaving two runners on base in the 9th inning.
In Bowling Green, the Hot Rods held on to beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 3-2. The River Bandits left the potential tying run on base in the 9th. Hot Rods OF Drew Vettleson went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and a pair of doubles. He is 12-for-25 in his last 7 games.
The other two Midwest League games were decided well before the 9th inning. The Beloit Snappers beat the West Michigan Whitecaps 8-0 and the South Bend Silver Hawks beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 10-4.