The Fort Wayne TinCaps advanced to the Midwest League Championship Series with a 3-0 win over the Dayton Dragons on Monday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. The TinCaps, who are the Eastern Division champs for the third time in their 25-year history, won the best-of-three series 2-1. They will take on the Quad Cities Bandits in a best-of-five series beginning Wednesday at Parkview Field. The Bandits hold the home-field advantage in the series.
Fort Wayne got all the runs they would need in the first two innings. Hudson Potts got the scoring started in the first inning with a two-out solo homer to left center field to give the TinCaps a 1-0 lead.
Marcus Greene Jr. led off the second inning with a walk. Jorge Ona followed with a single and Greene advanced to third on a throwing error by center fielder Jose Siri. A ground out by Gabriel Arias drove in Greene with the second run of the game. Buddy Reed made it 3-0 when his single drove in Ona.
The TinCaps' pitching staff made the lead hold up. Michel Baez pitched the first five innings and allowed no runs on two hits while striking out seven.
Ronald Bolanos followed Baez to the mound and retired the Dragons in order in the sixth and seventh innings while striking out three. Dauris Valdez blanked Dayton in the eighth inning while allowing one base runner - a walk to Taylor Sparks.
Hansel Rodriguez was called on to close out the game for Fort Wayne. The 20-year-old right-hander allowed a one-out single before retiring Taylor Trammel and Bruce Yari to end the game and send the TinCaps to the championship series.
Potts and Arias each had two of Fort Wayne's seven hits. In addition to his home run, Potts also had a double. Other hits were by Ona, Reed and Justin Lopez.
First pitch: Quad Cities at TinCaps, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday
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