DAYTON, Ohio – The TinCaps won their third game in a row on Saturday night at Fifth Third Field, drubbing the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds), 10-1. Fort Wayne set season highs with 14 hits and 10 walks at the plate, and on the mound matched a season high with 16 strikeouts.
Top Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene was no match for the ’Caps early on. The TinCaps scored once in the first on a Justin Lopez RBI single and tacked on three in the second as Carlos Belenprovided a two-run single. Greene, who at 18 is the youngest pitcher in the Midwest League, was done after two taxing innings that required 60 pitches (36 strikes).
With much less fanfare, 23-year-old Emmanuel Ramirez, in his 2018 Fort Wayne debut, struck out 10 batters—the most for a TinCaps pitcher this year—in 5 1/3 innings.
Fort Wayne (10-13) scored at least one run in every inning but the fifth and sixth. Dayton (9-11), which now has dropped eight straight on the heels of a nine-game winning streak, only scored in the seventh.
Adrian Martinez followed Ramirez as the TinCaps’ only reliever in the game, notching a save.
The nine-inning game spanned 3 hours, 41 minutes.
Sunday, April 28 @ Dayton (2:07 p.m.)
– TinCaps Probable Starter: LHP Nick Margevicius
– Dragons Probable Starter: LHP Packy Naughton
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