Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:50 pm
Notebook: TinCaps' Greene anticipated slider
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
Marcus Greene Jr. delivered a game-winning hit for the TinCaps on Sunday in part by thinking through his ninth-inning at-bat.
Dayton pitcher Aaron Fossas started Greene off with a strike and, after two foul balls, threw a slider on a 1-2 count that Greene was ready for and knocked into left field to give Fort Wayne a 3-2 home win.
"I had the opportunity to get a pitch elevated, and I did so," Greene said. "You've got to put the ball in play there. There was one out, especially with a guy on third base, try to see a pitch up to elevate."
It was Greene's 39th RBI of the season. He had a feeling Fossas might avoid the fastball.
"I didn't want to chase anything," Greene said. "It was a slider down in the zone a little bit, but I was able to stay on the pitch and elevate it over the shortstop's head. They threw me a lot of offspeed today, so I think I was pretty locked in at the plate today."
Greene finished 2 for 3 with a walk and had a sacrifice fly as well.
Streaking: Dayton outfielder Jose Siri said he's trying not to think about his hitting streak, which is now at 35 games, tying the Midwest League record set 40 years ago. He is batting .350 with 13 home runs during the streak.
"I just go up there and (do it) based on my family," Siri said through an interpreter. "That gives a lot of motivation to just go out there and do well. Not really thinking about anything. Just giving it my best shot."
Strong finish: Fort Wayne pitcher Ronald Bolanos ended his career-high seven-inning start by retiring 14 of the last 16 hitters he faced.