Michael Curry hit his second home run of the season, but the TinCaps struck out 15 times and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 loss to the Dayton Dragons on Monday at Fifth Third Field in Ohio.
The TinCaps (28-34) have lost five games in a row and got swept in the four-game series against the Dragons (25-39), the last two losses coming by one run. Fort Wayne has a three-game road series against Bowling Green before coming back to Parkview Field on Friday.
The TinCaps had the tying run on second in the ninth inning with one out after a Luis Roman single and a wild pitch, but Jawuan Harris struck out and Tucupita Marcano grounded to second to end the game.
Fort Wayne took the lead in the fifth when Blake Hunt drove in Harris with a double, breaking a scoreless tie. The Dragons struck back in the sixth, tying the game on Michael Siani RBI single and going in front on a two-run double from Pabel Manzanero that turned out to be the big blow in the game.
Curry's one-out long ball to left in the eighth brought Fort Wayne within a run. Curry had six hits in the four-game series, including double and a homer, and scored four runs.
TinCaps starting pitcher Gabe Mosser went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven without a walk. He took the loss to drop to 4-3.
Note: Parkview Field was voted the most popular ballpark at the Class-A level (encompassing the Midwest League and the South Atlantic League, 30 teams in all) in Ballpark Digest's “Best of the Ballparks” competition.