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Fort Wayne TinCaps' bats held in check

Coming off a sweep of the South Bend Cubs and facing the last-place Dayton Dragons seemed like a recipe for a good Friday Night in the Summit City. But... not so much.

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The Dayton Dragons topped the TinCaps 4-0 Friday, handing Fort Wayne their sixth shutout loss in the last month.

The TinCaps managed only five hits on the night, never more than one in any inning. Twice, they put two men on thanks to a walk and hit, but went only 2-for-12 with men on base.

Starter Enyel De Los Santos had some strong moments in the game, striking out four with a solid mix of three pitches, but left too many fastballs over the plate. He finished having thrown 81 pitches over five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks.

The line would have looked better if not for a costly misplay on a fly ball by centerfielder Michael Gettys. After a leadoff single in the third, Dragons second baseman Shed Long lofted a ball to deep left-center. Though Gettys never had a chance to settle under the ball, he seemed to have it corralled, but it bounced off his glove on a play that was ruled a triple. That plated one run, and then Long came around on a single one batter later to make the score 3-0.

Behind De Los Santos, reliever Nick Monroe delivered two strong innings, but didn’t have the same stuff when he came back for the eighth inning, giving up four singles in a row. Fortunately for the TinCaps, the damage was limited when Tanner Rahier became Austin Allen’s fourth caught stealing victim in two nights.

After one run came around, Phil Maton came on with runners at first and third and got a strikeout and fly ball to end the inning. He came back in the ninth with two more K’s and another generously-scored hit allowed.

At the plate, Jhonatan Peña had the club’s only extra-base hit, a triple off the top of the left field wall in the seventh. He’s now hit in six straight games and is hitting .423 over his last 10 games.

NOTES: Carlos Belen finished the night 1-for-4, but had the most impressive contact of the night. In the ninth, the big third baseman absolutely crushed a fastball that just went foul down the left field line. It had a measured exit velocity of 110 MPH and travelled well over 400 feet. … Kodie Tidwell made his seventh start in the outfield tonight, a position he’d not played prior to this year. A shortstop in college, he played all three infield positions in Tri-City last year and again this season. … The coaches’ dressing room is a crowded place in Fort Wayne this week. Pitching coordinator Mark Prior and outfield instructor Tony Tarasco are both in for the weekend, and special assistant Moises Alou is also working with hitters.

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