A combination of Social Media Night, Thirsty Thursday, postgame fireworks and Jake the Diamond Dog helped draw a record 9,015 fans to Parkview Field to see Thursday night’s game between the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the visiting Dayton Dragons.
Thursday’s attendance shattered the previous Parkview Field record of 8,780, which was set on July 4, 2013. It was the 10th sellout of the season for the TinCaps.
Unfortunately for the home team, they were shut out 5-0 by the Dragons, who limited the TinCaps to four hits. TinCaps 1B Jake Bauers went 0-for-4, but still leads the Midwest League with a .371 batting average.
You can read the box score here.
As part of Social Media Night, the TinCaps wore jerseys featuring the Twitter handles of more than 11,000 @TinCaps followers. TinCaps SP Kyle Lloyd is wearing one in the photo at the top of this post.
Velazquez extends on-base streak
In South Bend, Silver Hawks SS Andrew Velazquez doubled in the bottom of the 1st inning to extend his streak of consecutive games reaching base. He now leads affiliated baseball with a 56-game on-base streak. (Hat tip to MiLB.com’s Curt Rallo for that tidbit.)
The Silver Hawks beat the Great Lakes Loons in that game, with home runs from 1B Daniel Palka and C Michael Perez.