First pitch: Dayton at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. today
Probable starters: FW/Colin Rea vs. D/Radhames Quezada
Radio: ESPN, 1380-AM
TV: Xfinity Channel 81
The Fort Wayne offense was anemic in its 11-1 Midwest League defeat to Dayton on Monday at Parkview Field. The TinCaps mustered only four hits off Dragons pitching, and the victory allowed Dayton to take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series heading into tonight's finale.
Dayton (24-30 second half, 54-70) struck in the second inning when Juan Silva doubled with two outs and was driven in on a single by Nick O'Shea.
The TinCaps (32-24, 63-63) had a chance to tie the game in their bottom of the second when Austin Hedges was hit by a pitch. Connor Powers then reached on an error, and both moved up on a wild pitch. However, Kyle Gaedele grounded out, and Jace Peterson flied out to end the threat.
Sean Buckley added to the Dragons' lead in the fourth inning with a two-run home run, which was his team-leading 11th of the season.
Dayton scored three more runs in the sixth, as Yorman Rodriguez walked to lead off the inning and Jefry Sierra hit a single to chase Fort Wayne starter Frank Garces (9-5) out of the game.
Buckley followed with a RBI double off reliever Dennis O'Grady, and Silva hit a two-run single to extend the lead to 6-0.
Fort Wayne got on the board in the sixth inning when Dan Jensen relieved Dayton starter Jacob Johnson (2-5) and gave up a leadoff double to Hedges. Gaedele grounded into a fielder's choice to move Hedges to third, and Tyler Stubblefield drove him in with a single.
Dayton stretched its lead with three runs in the seventh. With one out, Sammy Diaz walked and Rodriguez followed with a double to put two men in scoring position. Sierra and Buckley followed with run-scoring singles, and Silva drove in another run, grounding into a fielder's choice, making it 9-1. Dayton tacked on two more in the ninth on a two-run home run by Rodriguez.