Game recapÂ from the TinCaps:
TinCaps turn pitchers’ duel into route
(July 30, 2015) – The TinCaps turned a pitchers’ duel into a 14-1 laughter of a win on a hot Wednesday night at Parkview Field. Leading 3-1, Fort Wayne scored five runs in the seventh and erupted for six more in the eighth.
Chris Huffman (W, 5-6) allowed only a first-inning run over career-long seven innings, while the offense came up with 17 hits, including three home runs during the eighth.
A Franmil Reyes grand slam in the eighth seemed like the exclamation point until later in the inning, Luis Tejada and Trae Santos hit back-to-back moon shots. It was the first time the TinCaps hit consecutive homers in almost a year. Ryan Miller and Adolfo Reina did it at Great Lakes on July 31, 2014.
The first seven hitters in Fort Wayne’s lineup each had at least one hit. Four players had multi-hit nights. Santos was one of them. The 22-year-old first baseman went 5-for-5 with the homer, two doubles, and three RBIs. His first double in the second inning tied the game.
Fort Wayne (18-15, 50-51) took a 3-1 lead with a pair in the fifth thanks to some help from Dayton’s defense. Dragons first baseman Paul Kronenfeld bobbled a grounder hit to him by Michael Gettys, and then threw the ball away, allowing Santos to score from second base on the play. Then Luis Urias (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) plated Henry Charles with a single. That left starter Tejay Antone (L, 5-8) on the hook.
The TinCaps had already added two more runs in the seventh when things really went south for the Dragons. Dayton left fielder Argenis Aldazoro dropped a fly ball off Franchy Cordero’s bat, allowing Ruddy Giron to score from first. Fort Wayne used the extra out to tack on two more to make it 8-1 after seven.
Then the unexpected power surge came in the eighth. The TinCaps hadn’t hit a home run over their previous 11 games. For Reyes, it was his first homer since June 14, and first career grand slam. Santos hadn’t hit a home run since June 3.
Taylor Cox pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth out of the bullpen. In seven appearances (11.1 IP), the left-hander hasn’t allowed a run. As for Huffman, he’s now given up only one over his last two starts (13.0 IP).
The temperature at first pitch was 87 degrees.
The TinCaps go for a sweep of this three-game series on Thursday night at 7:05. In a matchup of left-handers, Fort Wayne is in line to start Travis Radke (0-0, 1.50) in his Parkview Field debut against Junior Morillo (3-5, 5.85). The game can be heard on ESPN Radio 1380, Box Score, and the TuneIn Radio app, and watched on Comcast Network 81.