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TinCaps sink to 6th straight loss

For a while, the TinCaps’ play after the All-Star break had promise, but offensive problems are dimming hopes for a turnaround.

The TinCaps’ slump continued Thursday thanks to a 3-1 loss at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field.

It was their sixth consecutive defeat and seventh in eight games overall.

The TinCaps (35-48, 5-9 second half) fell to 13 games under .500 for the first time this year.

The lineup suddenly can’t hit with runners in scoring position. The TinCaps went 1 for 10 in those situations Thursday and are just 12 for 65 (.185) in their last six games.

If not for Ronnie Richardson’s RBI single in the fifth inning, the Dragons would have shut out Fort Wayne for the third time in seven days.

Dayton (6-8, 42-40) scored twice in the first inning – first on an error by Franmil Reyes, then on an RBI groundout by Phillip Ervin.

The TinCaps made three errors in all, giving them 21 in their last 10 games.

Jeffery Enloe (0-2) took Payton Baskette’s rotation turn and gave up five hits in five solid innings.

Baskette gave up a run in two innings.

Jackson Stephens (1-0) went 5 2/3 innings and gave up little beyond Richardson’s hit.

Note: The TinCaps said newcomer Cody Hebner, a right-hander, would start Saturday. They have not revealed a starter for today’s game against West Michigan.

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