DULUTH -- The Brainerd Blue Thunder nearly completed a comeback only to be foiled once again as the Duluth Huskies scored runs in the ninth and 10th innings to escape with a 4-3 Northwoods League win Tuesday before a crowd of 1,226 at Wade Stadium.
The loss is the 10th in 11 games for the Blue Thunder.
With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th, Jordan Hafer, who was 2-for-4, drove in Zane Taylor for the winning run. Taylor was 3-5 in the game.
Duluth 4, Blue Thunder 3
The key: Duluth scored runs in the ninth and 10th innings to come back and send the Blue Thunder to their 10th loss in the last 11 games.
Records: Brainerd 12-18 (26-36).
Next: Brainerd at Duluth, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Wade Stadium.
In the third Brainerd took a two-run lead before Duluth tied the game with a run in the fifth. The Blue Thunder retook the lead in the eighth with a run before the Huskies answered with the tying and winning runs.
Jerad Head was 3-5 with an RBI and a run to lead the Blue Thunder, who had only four total hits in the game. Catcher Dan Quinn had the other Brainerd hit.
Brainerd starting pitcher Luke Baughman tossed 8 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts, three walks and one balk. Reliever Jon Lienes pitched one inning and gave up one run on two hits and two walks to pick up his first loss of the season.
The Blue Thunder will wrap up the two-game series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
Brainerd 002 000 010 0 -- 3 4 1
Duluth 100 010 001 1 -- 4 8 4
Brainerd -- Luke Baughman, Jon Lienes (9) and Dan Quinn. Duluth -- Brian Schroeder, Brian Peterson (10) and Parker Hanks. WP -- Peterson (3-3). LP -- Lienes (0-1).
2B -- D-Zane Taylor. RBI -- B-Jerad Head; D-Taylor, Jordan Hafer, Bryce Nimmo, Joey Bonadonna. SB -- B-Head 2, Tim Henry 2, Quinn; D-Carlos Jackson, Bonadonna. Sac -- B-Markus Freiske, Chad Weiss; D-Brandon Bingham, Hafer, Nimmo. DP -- D 1. LOB -- B 5, D 8. Time -- 2:49. Attendance: 1226.
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