THYES CAPS COMEBACK WITH WALK-OFF HIT
GREEN BAY, WI – A ninth inning single off the bat of Jake Thyes drove in Jayden Adrians with the game-winning run as the Dodgers erased an eight run deficit to come from behind and walk off with a 9-8 win over the Manitowoc Bandits at Joannes Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Bandits jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first and five more in the second, but the Dodgers began chipping away when shortstop Matt Bald scored on a Jacob Lacy sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to make the score 8-1.
A four-run fifth inning helped the Dodgers inch closer, as center fielder Matt McNabb was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, right fielder Noah Robinson laced his second double of the game into right field, and Griffin Summers legged out an infield single to load the bases. Catcher Mike Manns followed with a base hit to left to score McNabb, and Robinson trotted home on a sac fly from third baseman Jayden Adrians. Summers came in to score on a wild pitch, and Manns crossed home plate on an RBI groundout by Bald, closing the gap to 8-5 after five innings of play.
The score remained that way until the eighth, when the Dodgers tacked on another run when Bald walked, stole second, then swiped third as well, and scored on an RBI groundout by Thyes.
Down two, heading to the bottom of the ninth, Robinson rocketed a triple over the head of the Manitowoc center fielder for his third extra-base hit of the night. Manns drew a one-out walk, then stole second, putting the tying run in scoring position, and Adrians followed with a smash to short. Robinson scored easily on the play and when the ball skipped past the Manitowoc shortstop into shallow left field, Manns raced around to score the tying run. Adrians moved to third on a single by Bald, setting the stage for Thyes. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Thyes ripped a 3-1 pitch into left field for a base hit, allowing Adrians to race home with the winning run.
Griffin Summers started the game on the mound for the Dodgers before giving way to Cole Clark in the third. Clark who moved from first base to the mound, worked four shutout innings of relief, allowing the Dodgers to climb back into the game. From there, he turned the ball over to Stewart Larsen, who tossed the final three scoreless frames, striking out three without allowing a hit to earn the win.
The Dodgers are right back at it tomorrow evening, as they welcome the Branch Blaze to Joannes Stadium for Law Enforcement Night, as we show our appreciation for those who protect and serve us with free admission for all law enforcement members as well as their friends and family members. Gates open by 6:30 PM with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 PM.