The River City Rascals (16-14) carried a 4-2 lead into the final frame but blew their second save in a row as Hector Roa delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly to give the Washington WildThings (16-14) a 5-4 win in the series finale Thursday night in Washington, PA.
The blown save was the fourth of the year and the Rascals have now dropped all five road series to begin the 2017 campaign.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Rascals held a two run lead for veteran closer Nick Kennedy, who earned the save in game one of the series, his third of the year.
He began his fourth save opportunity on the right track with a groundout from Kyle Pollock and then allowed a single to Justin Bohn to bring the tying run up to the plate, leadoff man Rashad Brown.
On a full count offering, Brown weakly dribbled one down the third base line and he reached on a tough luck infield single.
One batter later, Kennedy got even more unlucky when Alex Fernandez bounced a ball to shortstop Johnny Morales and the throw went well over the head of Clint Freeman to bring in the third run of the game. Fernandez also reached second on the error and the WildThings had the tying run at third and the winning run in scoring position for slugger Bralin Jackson
The infield was drawn in and the Rascals got a ground ball to second base however the throw was low and got to the backstop causing the tying run to score.
With first base empty, the Rascals elected to walk Kane Sweeney to face the right handed bat Hector Roa and down in the count 0-2, the right fielder delivered the second straight WildThings walk-off victory on his sacrifice fly to deep centerfield.
The other two runs in the game for the WildThings came in the second inning against Rascals starter Austin Warner on a sacrifice fly from Kenny Peoples-Walls and a RBI single from Kyle Pollock.
Warner took a no-decision as he was able to throw just one more inning due to a rain delay that occurred after the Rascals scored their first run of the game, via a sacrifice fly from Josh Ludy to cut the deficit to one.
That was also the final out for WildThings starter Aaron Burns as he was replaced by Mark Smyth after the delay and he also allowed a run, unearned, in the top of the sixth after Braxton Martinez drove in Jimmy Kerrigan to tie the game at two.
Johnny Morales drove in the Rascals third run of the night with his second round tripper of the year and then the final run came home on an eighth inning RBI single from Martinez against Davis Adkins that gave the Rascals their largest lead of the night at 4-2 that failed to hold.
In total, the Rascals tallied just five hits, but did get one each from Jimmy Kerrigan and Josh Silver to extend their hitting streaks to 16 games.
The loss puts the Rascals at 1-2 on the road trip and they look to get back on the right track on Friday night against the Windy City ThunderBolts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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