Fort Wayne TinCaps (14-9, 46-45) @ Dayton Dragons (11-12, 50-43)
RHP Ernesto Montas (9-5, 3.03) vs. LHP Junior Morillo (2-4, 4.98)
Sunday, July 19, 2015 — Fifth Third Field (Dayton, OH) — First Pitch 2:00 p.m. — Game 92
ABOUT LAST GAME: The TinCaps fell to the Dayton Dragons, 8-2, in Saturday’s rain-shortened game. Fort Wayne had the bases loaded in the top of the eighth when thunder showers passed over Fifth Third Field. After a one-hour and five-minute delay, the game was officially called. Trae Santos, Franmil Reyes and Luis Tejada combined for six hits.
IT’S RAINING, MAN: It was the second time this season Fort Wayne had a game in progress called due to rain. On May 27 at home, the TinCaps led the Great Lakes Loons, 5-2, in the top of the eighth when heavy rain passed through. That game was ruled an official Fort Wayne win after a 90-minute delay.
SANTOS IN A GROOVE: TinCaps first baseman Trae Santos recorded two hits and an RBI on Saturday vs. Dayton. The 22-year-old is hitting .385 over his last eight starts with five runs scored, four doubles, four RBIs and five walks.
TWICE IS NICE: Speaking of doubles, Fort Wayne is second in the league in two-baggers with 165 through 91 games. That’s second only to Lansing (176).
FORMER TINCAPS REACH FOR GOLD: The U.S. defeated Cuba in walk-off fashion on Saturday, 6-5, to advance to the Pan-Am Games gold medal final vs. Canada on Sunday in Toronto. Two former TinCaps led the U.S. to victory in the ninth. With two outs, Travis Jankowski (2012) smoked a single, stole second base, and then scored on Andy Parrino’s (2008, 2009) base hit to right field. The Americans erased a 5-1 seventh-inning deficit to come back and win. Pitcher Zach Eflin (2013) also started Thursday’s game vs. the Dominican Republic and surrendered just one run over five innings.
PITCHING LEADERS: Eflin led the MWL with a 2.76 ERA in 2013. Sunday’s starter Ernesto Montas is trying to top the league as well. Currently the RHP is tied for second in the league with nine wins.
TODAY’S STARTING LINEUP:
1. #12 Ruddy Giron SS — Is hitting .550 vs. LHPs this season (22-40)
2. #9 Luis Urias 2B — Extended his on-base streak to 10 games on Saturday
3. #22 Franchy Cordero LF* — Hitting 3rd in the order for first time since 5/21 @ LC
4. #34 Franmil Reyes RF — Two hits on Saturday; .324 vs. Dayton in 2015
5. #25 Luis Tejada 1B — Has driven in five runs during his four-game hit streak
6. #15 Edwin Moreno CF* — Singled vs. Dragons starter Junior Morillo on 7/3
7. #20 Rey Bruguera 3B — Favorite player growing up was Yankees SS Derek Jeter
8. #21 Jose Ruiz C — Drove in a run vs. Dragons starter Junior Morillo on 7/3
9. #24 Henry Charles DH* — Same hometown as MLB All-Star Robinson Cano
* Left-Handed Batter