First pitch: West Michigan at Fort Wayne, today, 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/TBA vs. WM/Buck Farmer
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TV: Xfinity channel 81
Fort Wayne’s struggles – both offensively and defensively – continued Thursday as the TinCaps fell 3-1 at Dayton in Midwest League action.
The defeat was the sixth consecutive for the club, which has won just once in the past week.
Fort Wayne (5-9 second half, 35-48) opened the game with a pair of defensive errors, which ultimately resulted in an early 2-0 Dragons (6-9, 42-40) lead.
Dayton’s Daniel Pigott connected for a fly ball to TinCaps right fielder Franmil Reyes, who dropped the catch. That miscue allowed Jon Matthews to score the game’s initial run. Dayton was able to stretch that margin when Fort Wayne’s River Stevens was charged with a throwing error on his ensuing relay throw. That error allowed Pigott to advance to third base, and he scored on an RBI groundout by Phillip Ervin.
The Dragons continued to hold the lead throughout the night, as Fort Wayne couldn’t muster any threat offensively.
The TinCaps did not have a baserunner over the first three innings and did not have a hit until the fourth. They scored their only run in the fifth inning, courtesy of a Ronnie Richardson single.
Fort Wayne has now scored just three runs over the past 28 innings. But it did get a solid outing on the mound from starter Jeffery Enloe.
In his first start of the season, Enloe worked five innings and allowed just five hits and two unearned runs. He walked only one Dayton batter and struck out three.
TinCaps reliever Payton Baskette came on in relief for the first time since April and gave up just one run in two innings.
Jason Jester pitched a scoreless eighth.