For the second straight game, the Auburn Doubledays let a game slip away in extra innings.
The Doubledays fell to Tri-City 5-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday, beginning their series the same way they ended their last — with a loss in extras.
Auburn, which led 2-1 after five innings, went ahead by three on Carson Shaddy's two-run home run in the sixth. That lead was brief, however, as Tri-City answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score 4-4.
The Doubledays had a prime opportunity to go ahead in the top of the ninth with two runners on for lead-off hitter Victor Robles, but Robles struck out looking in an eight-pitch at-bat.
Another opportunity presented itself in the 10th. Auburn started the inning with a runner at second, per minor league baseball's new rules for extra innings, and then worked consecutive walks to load the bases for the middle of the order.
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That chance was fruitless as Jacob Rhinesmith took a called third strike and Pablo O'Connor hit into a double play to end the inning.
Tri-City didn't waste its chance — the ValleyCats also worked a bases-loaded situation in the 10th for Emmanuel Valdez, who singled off Doubledays reliever Tanner Driskill with one out to bring in the winning run.
Starter Francys Peguero got back on track after a pair of mediocre outings. Peguero was charged with seven earned runs in his last nine innings of work entering Tuesday's game, but he recovered for one earned run and five hits against in 4 2/3 innings.
Rhinesmith finished 2-for-5 with a home run, the first of his career, while Robles, Cody Wilson, Israel Pineda, Jose Sanchez and Kyle Marinconz also added hits.
Auburn (18-17) continues its series with Tri-City on Wednesday.