FORT WAYNE – Peter Van Gansen drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to score Ruddy Giron and give the TinCaps a 4-3 win over the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) on Tuesday night at Parkview Field.
Giron reached base after beating out a third strike that bounced away from Dayton (1-5 second half, 22-54 overall). The wild pitch sparked a Fort Wayne (4-2, 40-36) rally.
Tyler Moore laced a single on the next pitch, then a walk from Kodie Tidwell set the stage for Van Gansen’s heroics.
After falling behind 1-2, the second baseman watched three straight Sarkis Ohanian (L, 0-1) pitches miss the strike zone.
TinCaps reliever Lou Distasio (W, 1-0) struck out the side in the ninth inning to record his first win of the season. Fort Wayne starter Thomas Dorminy surrendered three runs over five frames, while Corey Kimber allowed just one hit in three shutout innings of work.
Tidwell opened the scoring during the first frame. He doubled, reached third thanks to a Van Gansen sacrifice and touched home on an Austin Allen ground ball.
In the second, Tidwell plated Giron on a sac fly.
Dayton climbed back during the fourth inning, notching three runs to take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, the TinCaps evened the score when Allen’s RBI single scored Tidwell.
Dragons starter Ty Boyles allowed two runs over seven frames.
The third meeting of the four-game set—which is currently knotted at one win apiece—is set for Wednesday afternoon at Parkview Field.
Next between the two teams is Wednesday with a 12:05 p.m. first pitch.
Tickets Still Available For Tuthill 400 Club
A limited number of individual tickets are now available for purchase in the Tuthill 400 Club for the TinCaps’ game on Monday, the Fourth of July, against the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs).
The Tuthill 400 Club tickets can be purchased for $20.00 each and include unlimited soft drinks. A cash bar will be available inside the area, too. (Food is available for purchase at the ballpark, but not inside the Tuthill 400 Club.)
This is a special opportunity for fans, as normally the Tuthill 400 Club is only available for groups who book the space in advance.
Tickets must be purchased in person at the Parkview Field Ticket Office or over the phone by calling (260) 482-6400.
Like all Monday home games, July 4th is a US Foods Family Feast Night, featuring $1 hot dogs, pizza slices, popcorn, soft drinks and Buffalo chicken stix.
Following the game, fans can enjoy the City of Fort Wayne’s fireworks show. (The view of the fireworks will be limited from inside the Tuthill 400 Club. Fans are encouraged to watch outside from the area’s patio or the center field concourse.)
Standing Room Only tickets are also available for July 4th for $5.00. All other seats, including the Ivy Tech Lawn Seats, are already sold out.
Parkview Field has set attendance records on the Fourth of July each of the last three years.
Recent Parkview Field Crowds on the Fourth of July
– 2015: 9,193
– 2014: 9,182
– 2013: 8,780