Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps catcher Luis Campusano slides into third base in the first inning against Dayton at Parkview Field on Friday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps outfielder Jeisson Rosario dives at the base in the second inning against Dayton at Parkview Field on Friday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps outfielder Jack Suwinski bats in the third inning against Dayton at Parkview Field on Friday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps infielder Carlos Belen runs to first base after hitting the ball in the third inning against Dayton at Parkview Field on Friday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps catcher Luis Campusano bats in the third inning against Dayton at Parkview Field on Friday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette TinCaps outfielder Jeisson Rosario and Dayton infielder Jeter Downs dive at second base in the third inning at Parkview Field on Friday.
Friday, April 20, 2018 11:00 pm
TinCaps lose to Dayton, 9-5: Quick thoughts
DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette
How it Happened
Fort Wayne (4-11) got off to a fast start in the opening inning. As they have been so often recently, walks were central to the TinCaps' rally, with two free passes in the inning. Jeisson Rosario led off the game with a hard ground ball into right for a single and eventually scored when Carlos Belen hit a smash that got through the shortstop for another single and 1-0 TinCaps lead. A walk to Justin Lopez loaded the bases for Jack Suwinski, but the slugger flailed at a third strike to end the inning without further damage.
Fort Wayne starter Tom Cosgrove made the land stand up early. The left-hander zipped through the first three innings, setting a career-high in strikeouts in the process. Cosgrove had never fanned more than five hitters in a game as a pro, but he struck out six in the first three innings, including five in a row during one stretch. He set down the first eight Dragons in a row before a two-out single in the third broke up the perfect game.
The 21-year-old hurler retired the Dragons (9-3) in order in the fourth, but ran into trouble for the first time in the fifth, with the TinCaps still in front 1-0. Left-fielder Narciso Cook led off the inning with a ringing double to left and came around to score on a Hendrik Clementina single, tying the score. After that, Cosgrove lost his command, unleashing a wild pitch and walking two hitters in a row. When he gave a free pass to Michael Beltre, another run came home and the Dragons took the lead. One batter later, Cosgrove's night was done. Reliever Travis Radke walked in another run before the inning was over, extending the Dayton advantage to 3-1.
After five straight scoreless innings, the TinCaps rallied in the seventh. Luis Campusano led off the inning with a single and Carlos Belen followed with a booming home run to left. The ball jumped off his bat at 108 mph and flew over the left-field fence, finally landing 389 feet away. The blast, Belen's second of the season, evened the score at 3. Fort Wayne was far from finished, however, and loaded the bases later in the inning for Rosario.
The center fielder grounded hard to short and raced down the line, forcing the Dragons' shortstop to rush his throw. The ball sailed up the right-field line and two runs ended up scoring to give the TinCaps a 5-3 lead.
The Fort Wayne bullpen had no better luck in holding the lead than Dayton's had, however. Reliever Henry Henry walked two and threw a wild pitch in the eighth, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Clementina delivered again, keeping a line drive just fair down the left-field line to drive in two runs and knot the score at 5-5.
Fred Schlichtholz got the final out of the eighth for Fort Wayne, but struggled in the ninth. The first five Dragons reached base for the second time in the game, with the big blow a two-run single to center from cleanup hitter Stuart Fairchild. When the dust finally settled, Dayton had scored four runs and had taken a 9-5 lead. Fort Wayne went quietly in the ninth to end the game.
Player of the Game: Jeisson Rosario
Rosario came in with 12 walks in his last five games and it seemed like the Dragons made an effort to throw him more strikes. The leadoff hitter took advantage, singling four times, the first four-hit game of his career. He also walked once, scored and picked up an RBI. With five times on base tonight, his OBP this season is now .500.
Facts and Figures
The game was the 10th-season celebration of Parkview Field, which opened in April of 2009. ... The win is the ninth straight for the Dragons, who started the season 0-3, but haven't lost since April 7. The streak is the team's longest since 2007, when they won 11 in a row. ... The TinCaps have now led in seven of their 11 losses. ... Fort Wayne came in tied for the league lead with 64 walks and drew five tonight. ... Dayton shortstop Jose Garcia threw the ball away in the third inning, the first Dayton error in four games. Garcia made three throwing errors in the game. ... Dayton's bullpen had given up just two runs in 34 2/3 innings during the win streak, a 0.52 ERA, but surrendered four runs in the seventh (three earned) as Fort Wayne went in front. ... Cosgrove finished with eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs and threw 84 pitches. ... The Dragons sent nine hitters to the plate in the three-run fifth inning. ... Clementina came into the game batting .429 and raised his average, going 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. He's driven in 11 in just seven games. ... Jack Suwinski went 3 for 5 with a run scored.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow at Parkview Field for the second game of the series. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. and it will be the team's first Bark in the Park game of the season, meaning fans can bring their dogs. Left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez (0-2, 6.48 ERA) will be on the mound for the TinCaps, while Tyler Mondile (0-1, 9.35) will start for the Dragons.