Congrats to Jacque, Hello to Cody, Happy Birthday to Jay

Tonight is the second of a three-game series for the TinCaps and the Silver Hawks in South Bend. Monday’s game saw Fort Wayne jump out to a 1-0 lead after one inning, but the Silver Hawks had a big fourth, scoring four runs,and never looked back. Right now the TinCaps are hitting just .190, but it’s four games in–nothing to worry about. The pitching has been good, especially the bullpen, which has allowed just three earned runs in almost 20 innings of work.

Tonight is the debut of the last member of the five-man rotation: Cody Hebner. The righty was originally scheduled to start on opening day, but he tweaked his ankle and got bumped to the back of the rotation. He put up good numbers last year for Eugene (2-2, 3.35 ERA in 11 games) after being taken in the fourth round by the Padres. Here’s how he describes his arsenal:

“My fastball usually sits around 93 mph, but I got it up to 97 a couple of times this year,” he said. “I didn’t know it at the time, but they told me in the dugout, ‘you got it up to 97 that inning.’ And I said, ‘holy cow, that’s hard.’ At that level I could probably get away with using my fastball. But I like to approach like a major leaguer and work the batter and throw off-speed as well. I throw a fastball, a seam splitter, a curve ball, a change up and a slider.”

Listen to today’s TinCaps Report Podcast to hear some of last night’s action and comments from pitching coach Willie Blair on what he expects out of his hurlers in the early part of the season:

2002 All Over Again

TinCaps Hitting Coach Jacque was not with the team yesterday in South Bend, but for good reason. A former MLB star, Jones was being honored at Target Field in Minneapolis for being a member of the 2002 American League Central Champion Minnesota Twins.

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has all the details right here.

Jacque was drafted by the Twins when the (then) Fort Wayne Wizards were still a Minnesota affiliate. However, as a second round pick, he skipped over this level and began his career at Advanced-A Fort Myers in the Florida State League. Two of his teammates from that 2002 squad, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins, are former Fort Wayne stars. They’re now playing with the Angels, who squared off against the Twins on Monday.

Congrats, Jacque.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICK

It was on April 10, 1925 that The Great Gatsby was first published. I think that was the other book that I read in high school.

My favorite quotation:

“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, that is the essence of Mr. Jay Gatsby.

If you’ve never read it, I suggest to you scramble over to you local lib–, I mean booksto–, I mean your e-reader.

I’m off to find my three-piece suit and tophat.

MUSICAL GUEST

Peter Luts…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.


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