“Even though we got down 9-0 early, the guys kept battling back,” said Wizards’ manager Doug Dascenzo. “We got a lot of hits, but we just couldn’t seem to put them together.
“The one thing you cannot do is just go through the motions, you have to play the game and we did that. It’s how you deal with things more than the results.’”
In the third inning, Dragons third baseman Angel Cabrera, who starred in a between innings dance routine with the mascot “Birdzerk”, hit a home run over the left field wall traveling towards Michigan to give the Dragons a 9-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, center fielder Brad Chalk led off with a walk and then stole second. Left fielder Robert Perry, who has been red hot, then doubled home Chalk on a shot hit over the centerfielder. Lance Zawadzki walked and then designated hitter Danny Payne, who just came off the DL, singled to right to drive in Perry but was then picked off first. Back-to-back strikeouts by first baseman Felix Carrasco and third baseman Andrew Parrino ended the Wizards best opportunity of the night.
Fort Wayne added a run in the eighth, as Chalk, who went 2-for-4 with a walk, doubled home second baseman Anthony Contreras who was making his debut with the Wizards. Perry then hit a rope down the right field line; unfortunately it was at the right fielder.
This was the story of the Wizards night, no luck despite out-hitting the Dragons 12-10.
The Wizards concluded a tough night on the mound by sending out backup first baseman Zachary Brown to pitch the top of the ninth.
“I went to college as a pitcher and then I got hurt my sophomore year,” said Brown. “The team lets me go out there when the bullpen is depleted.”
He then struck out the first batter on three pitches. His success, however, was short lived.
Dragon center fielder Brandon Menchaca then took Brown over the left field wall for the Dragons third home run of the night.
“I then threw two balls, then the guy hit one about eight hundred feet, so I lost the confidence from that strikeout in about thirty seconds,” said a smiling Brown in the locker room.
“I want to do good when I go out there, but I don’t think they really expect me to just shut down the other team. I’m just trying to go out there and help out the bullpen.”
After giving up two singles and a walk to the next three batters, Brown got his second strikeout of the inning and escaped the inning only allowing one run.