The River City Rascals made the longest bus trip in the Frontier League, from Washington to O’Fallon, Mo., a mere 600 miles, after playing at Wild Things Park last night.
The ride was made much more tolerable when River City took advantage of three Washington errors in the 11th inning and scored two runs to beat the Wild Things, 5-4.
The game wasn’t decided until River City reliever Taylor Sugg struck out Washington’s Cameron Baranek with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 11th.
River City won two of the three games in the the series. Washington did not throw a pitch while holding a lead in the three games. The Wild Things won 4-3 Wednesday night, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
The series finale went to the International Tiebreaker – each half-inning begins with a runner on second base and no outs – in the 11th inning. It was the seventh tiebreaker game this season for River City and the first the Rascals have won.
In its first six tiebreaker games, River City failed to score the runner from second base. It didn’t take long for that to change against the Wild Things.
With the Rascals’ James Morisanto starting the 11th at second base, Andrew Penner hit a grounder to the left side of the infield. Shortstop Ryan Cox fielded it and threw to third base in an attempt to throw out Morisanto. The throw was errant, rolling to the dugout, and allowed Morisanto to score and give the Rascals a 4-3 lead as Penner advanced to second base.
Penner would score on a throwing error, the second of the three Washington miscues in the inning, giving River City a 5-3 lead.
Washington needed only one at-bat to score in the bottom of the 11th as J.R. Davis, who had the game-inning hit Wednesday, doubled to center field to score Cox, who was the tiebreaker runner.
Davis moved to third base on a groundout by Shaine Hughes, which was the inning’s first out. Washington, however, couldn’t score Davis.
Sugg, the sixth River City pitcher of the night, was brought in to make his professional debut. He struck out Hector Roa before walking Alex Murphy and Stephen Lohr to load the bases.
Sugg, however, ended the game by striking out Cameron Baranek.
Washington forced extra innings when Hughes hit a two-out single to left field that scored Brett Marr from third base and tied the score at 3-3 in the seventh.
River City took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Zach Lavy hit a two-run homer off Washington starter A.J. Bogucki. Washington got one of the runs back in the bottom fo the inning when Roa hit a solo homer. It was Roa’s 11th home run of the season.
Both teams scored in the sixth. The Rascals scored an unearned run, taking advantage of the first of four Washington errors on the night. The Wild Things pulled to within 3-2 when Roa’s two-out double scored Cox.
Washington left fielder and leadoff hitter Blake Adams exited the game in the fourth inning because of an injury. Adams injured in the second inning when he made a fantastic sliding catch in the River City bullpen and hit the retaining fence. … For the third consecutive night, the Rascals and Wild Things wore black jerseys, which gave the games an intrasquad look. … Washington begins a three-game series tonight at home against Schaumburg.