Monday, July 31, 2017 10:10 pm
GREG JONES | The Journal Gazette
It was a record-breaking night Monday in front of an announced crowd of 7,320 at Parkview Field.
Dayton center fielder Jose Siri set a Midwest League-record with a 36-game hitting streak and TinCaps starting pitcher Michel Baez struck out a Parkview Field-best 14 batters in a 4-3 Fort Wayne win over Dayton.
Siri broke the record with a single against Fort Wayne’s Diomar Lopez in the eighth inning after recording three strikeouts against Baez.
Siri was 1 for 4.
Siri’s hitting streak is the longest in the minor leagues this year and breaks a mark set in 1977 by Tony Toups of the Waterloo Indians.
Baez’s 14 strikeouts are the most in Parkview Field’s eight-year history and the most since Kyle Lloyd struck out 14 in 2014. The single-game franchise record is 15 by LaTroy Hawkins, with the Wizards.
Baez (4-0) went 6 2/3 innings and gave up five hits, one earned run and didn’t walk a batter. He threw 100 pitches, 77 for strikes and lowered his ERA to 0.91.
For the TinCaps (24-13 second half, 50-57), Nate Easley (2-run) and G.K Young (solo) hit home runs to back Baez’s pitching. Buddy Reed had an RBI triple.
Dayton (13-24, 54-53) scored two runs in the ninth to make things interesting before Hansel Rodriguez got the save.