Fort Wayne, Ind.—Fort Wayne’s Ruddy Giron collected three hits and drove in two runs to lead the TinCaps to an 8-4 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night. The win gave Fort Wayne a sweep of the three-game series with the Dragons.
The Dragons finished the road trip with a 1-5 record and have lost 11 of their last 12 road games. They return to Dayton on Friday, where they have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
Fort Wayne jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning, another in the second, and two more in the third.
The Dragons started back with a run in the fourth on Aristides Aquino’s two-out, run-scoring single to bring in Cory Thompson and make it 5-1. But Fort Wayne answered with a run in the fifth to again lead by five at 6-1.
The Dragons got one run in the sixth when Jimmy Pickens singled to center field to bring in Thompson from third. They added another run in the seventh when Aquino tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-3. In the eighth, Pickens tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch to pull the Dragons to within two runs at 6-4. But Fort Wayne reliever Yimmi Brasoban retired the final five batters in order to close out the game. Fort Wayne added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to complete the scoring.
Dragons starting pitcher Junior Morillo suffered the loss to fall to 3-6. He worked five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Reliever Jake Ehret worked three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with four walks and one strikeout.
The Dragons finished with seven hits. Pickens and Aquino each had a triple and single, and they each scored a run and drove in a run.
The Dragons (16-18 in the second half; 55-49 overall) return home to open a three-game series against the South Bend Cubs (16-18, 45-56) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. Jake Paulson (3-3, 2.96) will start for Dayton against South Bend’s James Norwood (0-0, 4.38).
All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.
Notes: Despite the loss, the Dragons did capture the tie-breaker over Fort Wayne should the two clubs finish with identical second half records, a common occurrence in Midwest League playoff hunts in recent years that have often got down to the final game. Fort Wayne needed to defeat the Dragons by at least seven runs on Thursday to win the tie-breaker. The Dragons and TinCaps split their 16 meetings this season with each club winning eight games. The Dragons had a three-run advantage in run differential.