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  • Josh Evans | The Journal Gazette Tin Caps outfielder, Jorge Ona, gets a strike during the first inning while batting against the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday September 7, 2017.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette TinCaps' Jack Suwinski is congratulated by teammate Hudson Potts after hitting a homerun in the first inning of Thursday's playoff game against Bowling Green at Parkivew Field.

  • Josh Evans | The Journal Gazette Tin Caps pitcher, Pedro Avila, pitches against the Bowling Green Hot Rods during the first inning on Thursday September 7, 2017.

  • Josh Evans | The Journal Gazette Tin Caps infielder, Gabriel Arias, bats against the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the forth inning on Thursday September 7, 2017.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette TinCaps' Gabriel Arias hits a foul ball in the second inning of Thursday's playoff game against Bowling Green at Parkview Field.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette TinCaps' Pedro Avila started out pitching in Thursday's playoff game against Bowling Green at Parkview Field.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette TinCaps' Gabriel Arias dives back to first with Bowling Green's Bobby Melley trying to make the tag in the first inning of Thursday's playoff game at Parkview Field.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette TinCaps' Nate Easley ducks under a ball in the first inning of Thursday's playoff game against Bowling Green at Parkview Field.

  • Josh Evans | The Journal Gazette Tin Caps infielder, Gabriel Arias, slides back to fist base during the Tin Caps vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods game on Thursday September 7, 2017.

Thursday, September 07, 2017 11:20 pm

Greene's walk-off HR gives TinCaps sweep

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Marcus Greene Jr. smashed a slider for a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night, giving the TinCaps a 6-4 win over Bowling Green and a sweep of their best-of-three, first-round Midwest League playoff series.

Fort Wayne trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh before mounting a thrilling rally. Jack Suwinski started it that inning with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to two, and his teammates finished it in the eighth. Gabriel Arias hit an RBI groundout and, with two outs, Reinaldo Ilarraza hustled to beat a throw to first base for an RBI single that made it 4-4.

Greene's blast over the center-field wall came off Joe Serrapica with a runner on first base and two away. As teammates showered Greene with baby powder in a wild celebration near the plate, what was left of announced crowd of 1,866 at Parkview Field roared.

The TinCaps will face either West Michigan or Dayton in the best-of-three Eastern Division Championship Series, beginning Saturday night at Parkview Field. The Dragons and Whitecaps play a winner-take-all Game 3 on Friday night.

Bowling Green manager Reinaldo Ruiz was ejected and made quite a scene after the final out was recorded in the top of the ninth. With a runner at first base, Josh Lowe tried to check his swing on a 1-2 delivery from Andres Munoz. Field umpire Darius Ghani ruled that Lowe went around, which immediately set off Ruiz, who coaches third base.

After yelling in Ghani's face, Ruiz retreated to the visitor's dugout, picked up a trash can with both hands and tossed it onto the dirt around the infield, spilling its contents in the process. Afterward, Ruiz came close to an apology, saying, "Maybe I overreacted."

Either way, the Hot Rods' season is over, and the TinCaps are moving on.

cgoff@jg.net