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The Journal Gazette

Friday, June 30, 2017 11:10 pm

Win streak ends, some TinCaps stay hot

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps’ six-game winning streak – their longest since 2015 – came to a screeching halt when the Dayton Dragons pounded out 11 runs in the second and third innings en route to a 12-5 victory Friday in front of 7,957 fans at Fifth Third Field.

It was just Fort Wayne's second loss in its last 11 games. Since the all-star break, Fort Wayne is 7-2 (33-46 for the entire season).

Brad Zunica had a home run in the first inning for the TinCaps, who have 35 home runs in their last 19 games and, with 69 for the season, are on pace to break the franchise record of 102 set in 2014.

Zunica was 1 for 4 while Buddy Reed, who has been on a tear, was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Reed is 11 for 28 with three doubles, a triple, a grand slam and 10 RBI over his last seven games. Zunica has five home runs in his last seven games.

Fort Wayne’s Reinaldo Ilarraza was also 2 for 4.

Both teams had nine hits, but the Dragons (3-6, 44-35) took control by beating up on pitchers Pedro Avila and Nick Monroe. Avila worked two innings, giving up six hits and seven runs, striking out one and walking three. Monroe pitched three innings, giving up three hits and five runs, striking out one and walking two, before Mark Zimmerman finished the game.

Dayton’s Shane Mardirosian had a three-run double in the second and Gabriel Ovalle had a two-run single in the third. Mardirosian was 1 for 3 with two runs and four RBI.

Scott Moss pitched five innings and giving up four hits and three runs, striking out four and walking four for the Dragons.

Note: To hear an "Inside the Park" audio interview with Reed, go to: www.audioboom.com/posts/6067264-tincaps-interview-outfielder-buddy-reed-june-30

jcohn@jg.net