Fort Wayne, IN – After being held in check for most of Sunday afternoon by Dayton Dragons spot
starter Jordan Hotchkiss, the Fort Wayne TinCaps won the battle of the bullpens in a 5-1 victory
over Dayton. The TinCaps’ rally was led by Daniel Robertson who started a key double play from
right field, drove in two runs and stole a pair of bases, all in the 6th inning.
LHP Mike Watt had a strong start, allowing a run on two hits and three walks in five innings, but
the TinCaps trailed 1-0 through five innings.
In the top of the 6th, Dayton loaded the bases with one out. Humberto Sosa hit a flare to shallow
right field; Robertson charged in, made the catch with his momentum going toward the right-field
line, then fired a one-hop strike to the plate to nail Cody Puckett trying to score.
In the bottom of the 6th, the TinCaps tied the game on an odd play. Yefri Carvajal was at second
base when Blake Tekotte hit a smash right at the right fielder. Carvajal ran toward third base and
likely would have been doubled off, but the right fielder dropped the line drive, allowing Carvajal to
score the go-ahead run. After a walk put runners at first and second, Robertson stepped to the
plate and, with the runners stealing, roped a single into right-center to plate a pair of runs.
Robertson then stole both second and third base and scored on Jaff Decker’s sacrifice fly, giving
the TinCaps a 4-1 lead.
Fort Wayne added an insurance run in the 8th on Cole Figueroa’s double into the left-field corner,
RHP Nick Schumacher (6-0) fired two scoreless innings to grab the win. LHP Zach Herr and RHP
Brad Brach each delivered a shutout inning to finish it out. Dayton LHP Andrew Bowman (2-7)
absorbed the loss.
The game was played in front a crowd of 7,025, which pushed the TinCaps’ season attendance to
322,995, a new single-season franchise record. The TinCaps still have nine regular-season home
games remaining. The old record was set in the franchise’s inaugural season in 1993.
Fort Wayne improved to 81-39, 36-14 in the second half. The Dragons fell to 51-68, 23-26 in the
half. The TinCaps are 16-1 against Dayton this year and are unbeaten in the teams’ 13 meetings at
The TinCaps and Dragons (Class-A Cincinnati Reds) continue the four-game series Monday at
Parkview Field in a 7:05pm first pitch. Fort Wayne RHP Stiven Osuna (9-7) starts opposite Dayton
RHP Mark Serrano (1-0).
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