Saturday, July 29, 2017 9:50 pm
TinCaps beat Whitecaps in pitched battle
A much-hyped pitching matchup Saturday night at Parkview Field did not disappoint, with the TinCaps' Adrian Morejon putting his best foot forward and the Cincinnati Reds' Anthony DeSclafani taking another step in his minor league rehabilitation.
DeSclafani threw four shutout innings, but Fort Wayne emerged with a 3-2 win over Dayton, a Reds affiliate, before an announced crowd of 7,888 at Parkview Field in the opener of a four-game series.
The TinCaps (48-57, 22-13 second half) broke a seventh-inning tie with RBI singles from Buddy Reed and A.J. Kennedy.
The Dragons (54-51, 13-22) succeeded in one sense, as leadoff batter Jose Siri extended his hitting streak to 34 games, one shy of the Midwest League record. Siri finished 2 for 4 with an eighth-inning solo home run.
DeSclafani, who has not pitched in the majors this season because of an elbow injury, was making his second rehab start and threw 46 pitches while giving up just one hit. The 27-year-old right-hander had six strikeouts and reported afterward that he felt good.
"I was happy with some fastball command and some secondary stuff," DeSclafani said. "Pretty happy about tonight."
Morejon, ranked the No. 6 prospect in the San Diego Padres' farm system, threw five innings and gave up one on five hits in his low-A debut. Dayton's No. 2 hitter, Mitch Piatnik, got to Morejon in the third with an RBI double.
Fort Wayne tied the game three innings later on Reinaldo Ilarraza's RBI single.
Lake Bachar earned the win in his TinCap debut by pitching four innings and allowing one run on two hits.