Thomas Dorminy continued his strong run since returning to the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the offense took advantage of an erratic Dragons bullpen to claim a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon.
Dorminy, who turned 24 earlier in the week, threw six innings, giving up one run on five hits while recording a season-high six strikeouts against just one walk. The lefty showed much more confidence with his offspeed stuff than he did while struggling through his stay in the Cal League earlier this spring, throwing both his slider and change for strikes all game. He even mixed in one slow curve for a weak grounder.
Jerry Keel and Gerardo Reyes followed Dorminy out of the pen and both overmatched a Dayton lineup that has struggled all year. Keel, who gives a very different look from the left side than Dorminy with his height, worked two innings with three strikeouts against only one walk. The Cal State Northridge product, who signed as a low-bonus ninth-rounder last year, has put together quite a run for Fort Wayne, posting a 1.33 ERA across 27 innings. While he doesn't have big velocity, he moves the ball around the zone effectively with three pitches.
Reyes, who is somewhat of the forgotten man from the Wil Myers trade, was once again dominant out of the pen, pumping it up to 97 with a high-effort crossfire delivery. The 23-year-old righty got two weak hits to shortstop before recording the final out of the game with a strikeout.
At the plate, the TinCaps were held in check by Dayton starter Tanner Rainey, a high-profile supplemental round pick out of South Alabama last year. The righty walked five hitters - not surprisingly including one to Ty France, but the only took advantage of one. In the fourth, Austin Allen walked to open the frame, then came around to score on a two-out single by Brad Zunica.
In the eighth, Dayton reliever Ariel Hernandez walked the bases loaded before Michael Gettys, who finished the day 3-for-5, flared a single to right to push across the go-ahead run. With the bases still loaded, Allen and Carlos Belen hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to put the game out of reach.
NOTES: Gettys dislocated a finger diving back to the base on a pickoff attempt in the eighth inning and was off the field and out of the dugout within seconds. But Anthony Contreras indicated they were able to get it back in place quickly and Gettys was back in the dugout, with a massive wrap on his hand, for the final out of the game. He'll likely be day-to-day at worst. ... Ty France continues to be an on-base machine, drawing two more walks and a hit batter today. But he also did a great job of jumping a fist-pitch fastball in the fifth for a single. ... Just before the game, Mark Prior informed Trey Wingenter, Phil Maton, and Enyel De Los Santos that they are all getting promoted to Lake Elsinore. It made it easier for me to stop complaining about not getting to see Wingenter throw while I was here.