Wild Things walk off against River City

The Wild Things have carved a well-deserved reputation of being a good come-from-behind team as they have 11 comeback wins among their 16 victories.

The problem is, they seemed bent on trying to add to that reputation every night, and that’s difficult to keep up over a 96-game season.

They will, however, enjoy the comebacks while they last, and there appears to be no end in sight.

Washington scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night to rally for a 5-4 victory over the River City Rascals.

The winning run scored when Alexander Fernandez raced home on Hector Roa’s sacrifice fly to center field.

It was Washington’s second in walk-off fashion in as many games.

Washington led 2-0 early but trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. The Wild Things scored the three runs on only two hits in the ninth against River City closer Nick Kennedy (0-1). The first hit, a single on a sharp line drive to left field with one out by Justin Bohn, triggered the comeback. Speedy center fielder Rashad Brown then hit a dribbler down the third-base line that he beat out for an infield single.

Fernandez followed with a grounder to shortstop Johnny Morales, who overthrew first base for an error and Bohn raced home to pull Washington to within one run, 4-3. Brown advanced to third base and Fernandez ended up on second base.

Morales had given River City a 3-2 lead in the seventh with a solo homer off Washington reliever Vince Apicella.

With the Rascals’ infield drawn in, Braylin Jackson hit a chopper to second baseman Jason Merjano. Brown broke for home plate but Merjano’s throw short-hopped Mike Jurgello and kicked away from the Rascals’ catcher as Brown scored to make it a 4-4 score. Fernandez, meanwhile, moved to third base.

River City then intentionally walked Kane Sweeney, the hero of Washington’s last at-bat win in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, to load the bases and bring Roa to the plate. His deep fly ball easily scored Fernandez and set off another on-field celebration by the Wild Things.

Davis Adkins (2-1), the fourth Washington pitcher, was the winner with two innings of relief.

River City scored single runs in four different innings and made the most of only five hits to overcome an early 2-0 deficit. Washington was its own worst enemy for much of the night as the Wild Things committed three errors and a passed ball, leading to two unearned runs for the Rascals.

The Wild Things took the lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Kenny Peoples-Walls that scored Sweeney and a single by Kyle Pollock that brought in Roa.

Washington starter Aaron Burns retired 10 of the first 12 batters he faced but ran into trouble in the fourth as dark rain clouds darkened the sky above Wild Things Park. Burns issued a one-out walk to Braxton Martinez and Mike Jureglla reached on a fielding error by Bohn at shortstop. A passed ball advanced the runners, and with rain poring down Josh Ludy hit a sacrifice fly to left field that made it 2-1.

The game was then delayed for 45 minutes, and when play resumed the Rascals mounted a comeback that netted the lead.