FORT WAYNE – Starting pitcher Thomas Dorminy struck out 10 batters across seven scoreless innings and Lou Distasio faced the minimum in the eighth and ninth as the TinCaps shut out the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians), 2-0, on Saturday night at Parkview Field.
In his first start in a Fort Wayne uniform, shortstop Chris Baker blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning for the game’s only runs. Baker brought in first baseman Brad Zunica, who had singled in front of him.
That was all the TinCaps (21-34, 57-68) could muster against Trevor Foss (L, 2-2), the 26-year-old who went eight innings. However, for as strong as Foss was, Dorminy proved to be better.
The left-hander set a career high for strikeouts while matching the longest outing of his pro career. He scattered five hits, a walk, and a hit batter. The only inning in which the Captains (25-29, 65-59) put multiple men on came in the seventh when they loaded the bases. But Dorminy buckled down and struck out Lake County’s leader in home runs, Anthony Miller, to extinguish the threat.
As for Baker, he just joined Fort Wayne on Friday from Short Season-A Tri-City, where he led the Dust Devils in hitting. The Padres drafted Baker in June out of the University of Washington.
This was the eighth shutout of the season for TinCaps pitching.
Fort Wayne will entertain Lake County at 1:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon.