Fort Wayne Edges Dragons 11-10 in Sunday Slugfest
Fort Wayne 11, Dragons 10 Click here for the box score Fort Wayne (R-H-E): 11-12-1; Dayton (R-H-E): 10-10-0 Win: Nick Thwaits (3-2); Loss: Jake Gozzo (2-2); Save: Raul Brito (1) HR: Dayton: Justice Thompson (2nd, 2 on base in seventh inning). HR: Fort Wayne: Carlos Ruiz (2nd, 1 on base
Fort Wayne 11, Dragons 10
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Fort Wayne (R-H-E): 11-12-1; Dayton (R-H-E): 10-10-0
Win: Nick Thwaits (3-2); Loss: Jake Gozzo (2-2); Save: Raul Brito (1)
HR: Dayton: Justice Thompson (2nd, 2 on base in seventh inning). HR: Fort Wayne: Carlos Ruiz (2nd, 1 on base in first inning); Nathan Martorella (7th, 3 on base in eighth inning).
Dayton, Ohio—Fort Wayne’s Nathan Martorella hit a grand slam home run in the top of the eighth inning as the TinCaps overcame a 10-7 deficit and defeated the Dayton Dragons 11-10 on Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 8,867 was in attendance at Day Air Ballpark in the heart of the Water Street District.
Fort Wayne won four of six games in the series with the Dragons.
The Dragons offense had a productive day, producing two big innings. Trailing 4-0, Dayton scored four runs in the third inning to tie the game. Edwin Arroyo delivered a three-run double and Ruben Ibarra added a run-scoring double in the inning to tie the game. Then after Fort Wayne jumped back in front 7-4, the Dragons scored six runs in the seventh inning to take their first lead of the day. The big hits in the inning were a game-tying two-run double by Ibarra, and a tie-breaking three-run home run by Justice Thompson that gave Dayton a 10-7 lead going to the eighth inning.
View the Thompson home run here: https://twitter.com/DragonsBaseball/status/1660371372571344897?s=20
But Fort Wayne put the first three men on base in the top of the eighth, and Martorella cleared the bases with a home run to center field to give Fort Wayne an 11-10 lead.
The Dragons got the potential tying run into scoring position in the bottom of the eighth inning, but they could not score. Blake Dunn walked to start the inning and stole second. But Arroyo struck out, Wendell Marrero flied out to deep center, and Jack Rogers struck out to end the inning. The Dragons were retired in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The Dragons finished the day with 10 hits. Ibarra was 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs batted in. Thompson had two hits including his three-run homer. Michael Trautwein also had two hits including a double. Blake Dunn reached base four times but did not have a hit, as he walked twice and reached twice when he was hit by pitches. Arroyo, Ibarra, and Thompson combined to drive in nine runs with three RBI each.
Up Next: The Dragons (17-22) do not play on Monday. They will open a six-game series in South Bend, Indiana against the South Bend Cubs (22-17) on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. Hunter Parks (2-2, 2.93) is scheduled to start for Dayton.
The Dragons will return home to host the West Michigan Whitecaps on Tuesday, May 30 at Day Air Ballpark in the heart of the Water Street District. For ticket information, go to daytondragons.com/tickets or call (937) 228-2287.
On the Air: All Dragons home and road games are broadcast on radio on FOX Sports 980 AM WONE. Games can be heard on smart phones, iPads, and other mobile devices via the free Dragons Mobile App, or on a computer at wone.com. Games are also available on HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2.
More Information:The Dayton Dragons are the affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play 66 home games at beautiful Day Air Ballpark, in the heart of the Water Street District. Contact the Dragons by calling at (937) 228-2287, emailing at [email protected], or go to daytondragons.com. For more information, please visit the following links:
- 2023 Schedule: https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/schedules
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The Dragons sellout streak is active, currently at 1,459 consecutive sold-out dates over the past 23 years, and is a testament to the Dayton area community. To keep the sellout streak alive, Dragons fans are encouraged to attend games this summer at Day Air Ballpark.