LIMA — It was a wacky night at Simmons Field.
These are the nights you take the win and exit quickly before any questions can be asked.
The Locos came up with only four hits, but pulled out a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Dayton Docs on Tuesday. The Locos scored three runs in the home eighth to notch the victory.
The winning run came home when Locos left fielder Tyler Grogg was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run and give the Locos a 5-4 lead. The smack of the ball hitting Grogg echoed throughout the park.
“It got me right on the elbow,” Grogg said. “It hit my (elbow) shield and half of it hit my skin. I crowd the plate and try to get hit by pitches like that. … That was a nice comeback.”
The Locos are 5-5. Dayton is 7-3.
Dayton led 3-0 after the first inning and 4-1 after six.
But after Dayton starter right-hander Ryan Wells left after throwing 87 pitches and giving up one run on two hits through six innings, the Locos went with a very disciplined approach at the plate.
The Locos made three Dayton relievers throw strikes and they couldn’t do it.
In all, the Locos scored three runs on bases-loaded walks, one on a bases-loaded hit by pitch and one on an RBI groundout to second.
In the eighth, the Locos pushed across three runs on one hit, but worked four walks and one hit by pitch.
“We just kept having good at-bats,” Grogg said.
Locos coach Chad Ehrnsberger said, “Even with four hits, we earned the win. Yes, we had some walks and some hit by pitches, but our guys fought for those walks and hit by pitches. We had good at-bats, the guys were focused and we fought hard. I don’t care how we get on base, as long as we get on base.”
Dayton ran out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Deion Tansel and Joe Ford started the game with singles. The No. 3 hitter, Austin Crutcher, crunched a three-run home run to left and it was 3-0 after three hitters.
The Locos got within 3-1 on and RBI groundout by Shawn Sanders in the fifth.
In the seventh, the Locos loaded the bases with no outs and came away with only one run. That came on a bases-loaded walk by Cody Strong to make it 4-2.
In the eighth, Alex Liquori walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-3. Strong followed with another bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 4.
That set up Grogg getting nailed by a Ryan Koopman pitch.
“I’m very impressed with the way our guys have adjusted (at the plate) just the last few games,” Ehrnsberger said. “It’s night and day compared to the first week.”
Locos starter Ethan McKenney gave up three runs in his his three innings of work. Art Warren worked the next three innings and gave up one run.
Stephen Glaze, Engel Diaz and Jason Gamble all worked a scoreless inning.
Gamble notched his second save by throwing a shutout, one-hit ninth. He struck out two.
“After three batters, we’re down 3-0 and for our pitchers fight the way they did and hold them to one run over the last eight innings, and for our hitters to show the resiliency that they did, I think that’s huge,” Ehrnsberger said.
Locos notes: The Locos signed infielder Jess Posey (Georgia), the brother of Giants catcher and 2012 National League MVP Buster Posey. Jess Posey hit .297 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 64 at-bats. He played in 30 games, with 16 starts. Posey, who was in uniform on Tuesday, is from Smithville, Ga. … Locos closer Justin McCalvin (Kennesaw State) is still with the club and hasn’t left for the Cape Cod League. He’s made two appearances and thrown 2 2/3 shutout innings with five strikeouts. … The Locos will meet Dayton again at 7 p.m. today at Simmons Field.