Caldwell walked and advanced to second on a botched pickoff attempt. One out later, Collender was walked intentionally, then Nolan hit a grounder to Ambrose, who made several attempts to pick up the ball but couldn’t as Caldwell slid in safely, loading the bases.
Justin Hill replaced Kris Klabunde on the mound and struck out Driscoll, but Jordan Chapman and Murray Henricks walked on 3-2 pitches to force in runs, and Evan Jackson delivered a run-scoring single on a 1-2 pitch to make it 4-0.
Chapman and Henricks prlonged their plate appearances by fouling off 2-2 pitches.
“I just knew that I had to do my job and put the ball in play or get the walk and get the run in,” Chapman said. “I couldn’t leave the bases loaded in that time of the game. You can’t swing at the balls; you have to swing at the strikes.”
Henricks added: “I just planned on doing my job, getting the ball down. I didn’t want to leave anybody out there.”
Jackson said: “I guess I just knew what I had to do – I had to execute. I had two strikes on me. He had to put the ball somewhere, and it worked out and went right up the middle. That was a big inning.”
Cunningham was not surprised to see his Nos. 6, 7 and 8 hitters produce, though.
“Our lineup, I think, from top to bottom, I feel pretty comfortable with it,” Cunningham said. “We’ve had our batting order set now for probably the last 10 games, and I’m pretty comfortable with it right now. We get guys on base, and we seem to get timely hits. We’re a very patient team, a disciplined team at the plate. … They walked us 10 times tonight, and that helps tremendously when we’re not getting clean hits.”