Friday, July 27, 2018 10:30 pm
TinCaps blow big lead, fall to Dragons
The TinCaps let a five-run lead slip away in the middle innings Friday and dropped a series-deciding matchup against the Dayton Dragons 8-6 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.
The Dragons (48-54, 17-17 second half) took the lead with a five-run seventh inning that erased a 6-3 deficit. Dayton loaded the bases against right-hander Jose Quezada with a dropped third strike, an error and a walk. Center fielder Lorenzo Cedrola made the TinCaps pay for the sloppy play with a grand slam to left, his first home run of the season in 70 games.
The blast put the home team ahead 7-6 and shortstop Jeter Downs followed with his 11th homer of the year, also off Quezada.
Fort Wayne (47-55, 15-18) couldn't rally as it managed just one baserunner in the final two innings.
Left-hander MacKenzie Gore started for the TinCaps and worked five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, but served up a two-run homer to catcher Mark Kolozsvary, just the backstop's second long ball of the season.
The TinCaps out-hit the Dragons 13-7 and clubbed two homers themselves, with both Gabriel Arias (his second of the season) and Esteury Ruiz (his team-leading 10th) going deep against Dayton starter Packy Naughton.
Arias, who went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, was one of five Fort Wayne batters to have two hits. Robbie Podorsky also had a pair of singles, raising his batting average to .360, the highest in the Midwest League since Podorsky arrived in mid-May. The outfielder has four multi-hit games in his last five.