Monday, July 31, 2017 11:40 pm
TinCaps win but shaky in 9th
GREG JONES | The Journal Gazette
Lost in the two records broken at Parkview Field was another close game from the TinCaps, who held off the Dayton Dragons 4-3 on Monday.
Dayton's Jose Siri set a Midwest League record with a hit in his 36th straight game, and Fort Wayne's Michel Baez struck out a Parkview Field-record 14, but the surging TinCaps (24-13 second half, 50-57) almost completely lost a 4-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning.
Baez (4-0) was dominant for 6 2/3 innings and gave up just one earned run. But relief pitcher Diomar Lopez gave up two runs in the ninth, and while Hansel Rodriguez picked up his seventh save, he also gave up a hit.
Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. also bobbled a ball in the ninth that was credited as a hit, but could have easily been ruled an error.
"They have to keep their focus and obviously still execute their pitches and make the plays behind them," TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras said. "Granted we came out on top by one, but next time we hope it doesn't get to that point. We want to tighten it up tightly, get the game going and finish it strong."
Fort Wayne beat Dayton on Saturday and Sunday at home 3-2 each game.