Pitching was at a premium in Saturday's Eastern Division championship game one match-up at Parkview Field, as the starters for both Dayton and Fort Wayne combined for over 12 innings of work, but a mere one earned run.
The visiting Dragons were able to get a run across in the eighth inning off of TinCaps' reliever Dauris Valdez to prevail 2-1 in front of 2,255 fans.
Game two in the best of three series will be today at 7 p.m. in Dayton.
The Dragons jumped on the board immediately with a run in the top of the first off of Fort Wayne starter Adrian Morejon.
Dragon hitter Randy Ventura led off the game with a single, before stealing second base. He then scored on a single to left field by Taylor Trammell.
The TinCaps battled back with a run in the third inning, which opened with a single by Nate Easley.
Easley advanced to second base on a wild pitch from Dayton starter Wennington Romero and then onto third on a sacrifice fly.
Dayton committed a throwing error, which allowed Easley to race home and tie the game at one.
That tie held into the eighth inning when Dayton's Jose Siri reached on a one-out single to left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch from Valdez.
Valdez followed that with a walk, before being replaced by reliever Andres Munoz.
Siri was able to get home with the eventual winning run on a ground out by Bruce Yari.
Fort Wayne mustered just seven hits, with three of them coming from Easley. However, the TinCaps were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Valdez took the loss after throwing just 1 1/3 innings and allowing one hit and one unearned run.
Morejon was very solid through six innings. He gave up seven hits and one unearned run, while walking a couple of hitters and striking out five.
Munoz closed the final 1 2/3 innings with no hits allowed and three strikeouts.
Romero didn't factor in the decision, but allowed six hits and no earned runs, while striking out eight.
Middle reliever Jesse Stallings threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up one hit and no runs, while striking out two, as he earned the victory.
Kyle Overstreet had a couple of hits for Fort Wayne, while Jorge Ona and Gabriel Arias also had hits.
First pitch: Fort Wayne at Dayton, today at 7 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Reggie Lawson vs. D/RH Matt Blandino
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