DAYTON, Ohio – The TinCaps belted five homers and starting pitcher Austin Krob spun six innings of one-run ball, leading Fort Wayne to down the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds affiliate), 7-1, on Saturday night at Day Air Ballpark.
The TinCaps (37-28 second half, 69-62 overall) lead the West
DAYTON, Ohio *_– _The TinCaps belted five homers and starting pitcher *Austin Krob spun six innings of one-run ball, leading Fort Wayne to down the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds affiliate), 7-1, on Saturday night at Day Air Ballpark.
The TinCaps (37-28 second half, 69-62 overall) lead the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers affiliate) by a half-game for a Midwest League playoff spot with just one game remaining in the regular season. Fort Wayne will earn a trip to the postseason with a win on Sunday afternoon or a West Michigan loss as the Whitecaps host the Great Lakes Loons (2 p.m.).
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On Saturday, the TinCaps got on the board in the top of the third when left fielder Kai Murphy *hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, scoring catcher *Anthony Vilar.
Dayton (33-32, 66-66) tied the game in the bottom of the third. With two out, right fielder Allan Cerda *singled in center fielder *Hector Rodriguez.
In the fifth, Fort Wayne shortstop *Kervin Pichardo *launched a solo bomb to deep left, giving the TinCaps a 2-1 advantage.
The ‘Caps added two more in the top of the seventh on back-to-back homers by first baseman Griffin Doersching *and designated hitter *Albert Fabian.
In the ninth, Pichardo whacked his second home run before Murphy went yard two batters later with a two-run shot.
Fort Wayne's five homers matched a season high. Prior to this year, as the TinCaps have set a franchise record for homers with a Midwest League-leading 136, Fort Wayne hadn't homered five times in a game since 2005. (The franchise single-game record for homers is six.)
Krob (No. 28 Padres prospect) struck out seven. *Keegan Collett *registered a hold with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, while *Carter Loewen *registered the save with 1 2/3 frames of work.
The TinCaps have won eight of their last 10 games. Fort Wayne is fighting for its first trip to the playoffs since 2017.
Next Game:Sunday, Sept. 10 @ Dayton (1:10 p.m.)
- TinCaps Probable Starter: RHP *Victor Lizarraga *(No. 15 Padres prospect)
- Dragons Probable Starter: RHP Johnathan Harmon
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