Battle of the Caps, Safe At Home, Podcast

ON TO THE NEXT ONE

The Wednesday series opener for the TinCaps didn’t go quite as they’d have liked, as West Michigan picked up an 8-4 victory. Frank Garces had a rocky fourth inning, where five runners crossed home plate, and heading to the fifth it was a 6-1 Whitecaps lead.

From today’s game notes:

-When Fort Wayne has scored four runs or fewer this year, the team’s record is 1-13.  In the 10 TinCaps wins this year, the team has scored an average of 7.2 runs per game. In their 16 losses, they’ve put up an average of 2.7 runs per game.

-Fort Wayne starter Adys Portillo ranks fourth among starters with opponents hitting just .179 (15-84) against him. However, control has plagued the Venezuelan, as he’s surrendered at least two walks in each starts, an is tied for the third most walks surrendered in the league (14).

First pitch tonight is once again at 6:35, with pregame coverage embarking at 6:20. I’ll check in with 2011, and now 2012, TinCaps outfielder Mike Gallic. He provides good insight on the expansive outfield here at Fifth Third Ballpark, and I think you’ll enjoy hearing what he has to say.

In today’s TinCaps Podcast Report, you can hear my full conversation with TinCaps hitting coach Jacque Jones, as he talks about some of the new hitters on the team, and what he thinks this club needs to do to get better:

SAFE AT HOME

It’s somewhat weird to say, but it’s not often during the day that I’ll pause for ten minutes during a given game day to just stop and do one particular task. I’m usually bouncing around from one task to the next, checking a roster move, getting an interview, or filling out my scorebook.

However, today I found a video that really made me pause and shut out exterior influences for just a little bit.

Amy K. Nelson, formerly of ESPN, and now of SB Nation, put together a riveting piece on former Kansas City Royals slugger Willie Mays Aikens. I never saw him play, but this story made me really intrigued with what he was, and who he has become.

Here’s a preview:

If you’ve got ten minutes today–and we both know you do–check this out. It’s emblematic of what great storytelling can be.

Click here to watch the full piece.

MUSICAL GUEST

The White Stripes…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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