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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 28, 2018 11:20 pm

TinCaps 10, Dayton 1

TinCaps beat Dragons, win 3rd straight

Journal Gazette

The TinCaps chased 2017 No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene from the mound after just two innings and won their third straight game 10-1 over the host Dayton Dragons Saturday at Fifth Third Field.

Greene hit 100 mph with his fastball, but Fort Wayne (10-13) collected six hits and two walks against the 18-year-old, scoring four runs. Justin Lopez and Carlos Belen both had RBI singles off the right-hander in his brief outing. Belen reached base five times.

The TinCaps scored in each of the first four innings and led 7-0 after the fourth, plenty of cushion for starting pitcher Emmanuel Ramirez, who pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings. The right-hander, who made his first three starts this season at High-A Lake Elsinore, struck out 10 Dragons (9-11) and gave up just three hits.

Right-hander Adrian Martinez relieved Ramirez and didn't let Dayton back into the game. He pitched 3 2/3 innings and struck out six in his best outing of the year. He surrendered just one run and two hits and picked up his first save of the season. 

Fort Wayne leadoff hitter Jeisson Rosario had another productive game, going 2 for 4 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. His batting average is .311 and he has multiple hits in five of his last seven games. No. 2 hitter Esteury Ruiz remained similarly hot, adding three hits and driving in a run with a ninth-inning single. 

The TinCaps scored runs in seven of the nine innings and totaled a season-high 14 hits, getting multi-hit games from six players. When these teams met less than two weeks ago, Fort Wayne was in last place in the Eastern Division, while Dayton had won nine in a row and was tied for first. Now the Dragons have lost eight straight and Fort Wayne is just a half-game behind them in the standings.