With Mallex Smith promoted and Fernando Perez hurt, the TinCaps’ offense, the Midwest League’s best for much of the season, is suddenly scuffling.
The TinCaps were stifled at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Wednesday; the 7-2 loss was their fifth straight and sixth in their last seven games.
Fort Wayne (5-8 second half, 35-47 overall) has scored just 20 runs in that stretch, and seven of those came in one game.
Dayton (5-8, 41-40) shut out the TinCaps for the second time in six days on Tuesday.
The middle game of a three-game set went little better for the visitors, who were hitless through four innings and didn’t score until the eighth.
Jake Bauers’ two-run single cut the deficit to 3-2, but Dayton widened the gap in the bottom half.
Daniel Pigott and Avain Rachal had back-to-back RBI singles off Eric Yardley, and Jose Ortiz greeted Jorge Guzman with a game-clinching two-run double.
Dragons right-hander Nick Travieso (7-4) struck out five in six innings.
TinCaps righty Ronald Herrera (5-5) suffered the loss despite five innings of two-run ball.
Fort Wayne made three errors, including the 28th by third baseman Dustin Peterson.
TinCaps lefty Payton Baskette (3-4, 5.10 ERA) goes against Jackson Stephens (0-0, 5.19) in the series finale today.
Notes: TinCaps right-handed reliever Genison Reyes was promoted to high-A Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore RHP Cody Hebner was transferred to Fort Wayne.