The Calgary Home Run Factory went into overdrive tonight in a high-scoring affair against the visiting Dallas Deputies at Inferno Park in front of 37,070 frenzied fans. Israel Medina walked it off in the bottom of the ninth with one out in classic Inferno style, with a home run over the left field wall to win it 11-10.
It was Medina’s second of the night, with his first a 4-run, no-outs slammer in the 7th off Travis Pope that seemed at the time to put Dallas under the dirt, as Calgary soared to a 10-3 lead.
But the Deputies fought back, taking advantage of a Sergio Maestas out of the Calgary bullpen, who struggled to locate his 95 mph fastball, as the Deputies’ Kelan Dickie took him over the wall with two runners on. It would have been three, and good for a salami, but a Maestas wild pitch allowed Jerry Bravo to cross the plate from third.
With the score now 10-7 after one costly at bat, Calgary was nervous but still not panicked, though they were unable to add any more runs in the bottom half of the 8th with the bottom of their order up.
Then, it was Yeong-suk Yi’s turn on the mound for the Inferno as he attempted to shutdown any hope of a rally. Yi was in to try to give closer Kevin Krohn a night off, after blowing a save the previous night in a 10-9 loss to Dallas. But then Yi walked the leadoff batter, Rich Dillon, on four straight balls, and then made it a pair of walks after taking Joe Street to a 3-2 count.
With the tying run now at the plate, Kevin Krohn got the call after all, as Calgary manager Corey Swartzendruber elected to give the closer another chance. But the next batter, Jerry Bravo, teed up a Krohn fastball and sent it down the third base line, falling fair of the foul pole and measuring 364 feet. The three-run homer tied it up, and Krohn had his second blown save is as many appearances — and as many days.
Krohn hung on, however, and despite allowing two singles, he managed to end the inning in style, catching Kelan Dickie staring as a 100-mph fastball blew over the plate for strike three.
It was in the bottom half that Medina worked his magic and got the walk-off homer to win it. Prior to Medina’s 7th inning slammer, there had also been home runs by leadoff batter Danny Huertero in the 3rd, followed by Cody Martin with his 2nd of the season just one out later, then Logan Run with his 3rd of the year in the 4th inning, and finally a two-run shot by Jan Conch in the 6th.
Dallas Deputies outfielder Sherman Beaumond had also earlier homered in the 3rd, nailing a solo shot off Calgary rookie Hiroiaki Nakamura.
There were 28 hits in total in the high-scoring game, with each team getting 14. By the time the books closed on the game, nine home runs in total had been hit. With the walk-off win, Calgary took the series 3-1.