Hitting the Road: Dayton, Ohio
Greetings and salutations from the home of the Dayton Dragons, Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio:
The TinCaps open a three-game series here tonight against the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch is at 7:00, and I’ll have pre-game coverage at 6:40 on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com. I hope you’ll join me, as my pre-game guest is the first-ever voice of the Fort Wayne Wizards, and now voice of the Dayton Dragons, Tom Nichols, who has called more than 3,000 Minor League Baseball games in stops like Fort Wayne, Mobile, Alabama, and Gary, Indiana.
Some notes heading into today’s game:
-Fort Wayne’s starting pitchers have gone eight straight games in which they have thrown at least five innings. Joe Ross began the trend on Wednesday, May 1st, and Justin Hancock extended the streak last night by going a career-high (and season-high for TinCaps pitchers) seven innings. During the stretch, TinCaps pitchers have allowed 13 runs in 46 innings, working to a 2.54 ERA.
-Corey Adamson has hit in seven different spots in Jose Valentin’s lineup this season, and has excelled no matter where he’s been. He’ll be hitting leadoff tonight. He’s got a .313 batting average and a .398 on-base percentage through his first 27 games. Last year in 29 games, he hit just .111 with the TinCaps.
-The Dragons have gotten off to a rocky start, beginning the year with a 12-21 record, and playing to just a 6-10 record at home. Their series victory against Lansing in the previous set was their first series win of the season.
-Here is last night’s post-game interview with Luis Tejada, and a look at the highlights from Fort Wayne’s 6-2 win over Great Lakes:
Calvin Harris…take it away!