Wednesday Win, Port Gets Pub, Don’t Tell Johnny

It’s game two of a seven-day homestand for the TinCaps, and Joe Ross takes the hill today against lefty John Pedrotty for South Bend. Also, it’s just one day away from Video Game Night tomorrow at Parkview Field. As someone who spent far too much time as an elementary school student playing Game Boy rather than learning long division, this is a very exciting time.

The 18-year-old Ross is coming off of his best outing of the season. Last time out he threw six innings against West Michigan, striking out seven, walking one and allowing two earned runs. He didn’t get the win as the game went to 12 innings, but did get help from fellow Californian Austin Hedges, whose 12th inning sac fly lifted the team to victory.

Padres Farm Director Randy Smith is in town this week to have a look at some of the system’s top prospects, so keep an eye on the blog, or become an e-mail subscriber and have your daily dispatch delivered to your inbox each day, for Smith’s thoughts on players like Ross and Hedges.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear some of the highlights from Wednesday’s 5-2 win, and postgame reaction from Travis Whitmore and Manager Jose Valentin:


After his big outing on Wednesday, many folks around the world of Minor League Baseball took notice of Adys Portillo’s season, which is a gem in the making.

Here are a few links for extra reading on the TinCaps 20-year-old righty: “Portillo takes no-hitter into seventh”

Baseball America: “Emergence of Adys Portillo Continues for Padres”

The Journal Gazette: “Well Rested Starter Lifts Sleepy-Eyed TinCaps”

No Publication…Ever: “Deliciously Flavored Coffee Awakens Sleepy-Eyed Broadcaster”


In recent New York State legislative happenings (a sentence which you will likely never see repeated on this blog), there was praise given to one of the most unique mascots in sports, Mr. Met. I’ll let the New York State Senate take it from here, with a resolution:

“WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate Mr. Met, the New York Mets iconic mascot, upon the occasion of being rated No. 1 in Major League Baseball; and WHEREAS, Mr. Met is the official mascot of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets; he is a man with a large baseball for a head and can be seen at Citi Field during Mets home games.”

Nobody tell Johnny, he might get jealous…


Fun…take it away!

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