‘Caps Ties, Humorous Ax, Miami Mystery

Missed opportunities were the name of the game on Friday night at Parkview Field as the TinCaps lost by one run, and went 0-8 with runners in scoring position. In the fifth, Kyle Gaedele led off with a triple, but the next three batters were retired, and Gaedele was stranded at third. After dropping two of three to South Bend, Fort Wayne is now 15-20, and welcomes West Michigan to town for a four-game set.

The Whitecaps (which I will continuously try to spell as WhiteCaps) are 17-18, two games ahead of the TinCaps in the standings. Possibly my favorite note between these two teams is that West Michigan Manager Ernie Young once played on the same minor league team as TinCaps strength and conditioning coach Cliff Bartosh. The 2004 Buffalo Bisons, International League champs that year, featured 24-year-old Cliff Bartosh and 34-year-old Ernie Young. Both players were trying to make the big league club with Cleveland, and Young had an absolute monster year, hitting .299 with 27 home runs and 100 runs batted in. Bartosh pitched in 28 games in relief, striking out 46 and walking eight, while working to an 0-3 record with a 2.80 ERA in 35 1/3 innings.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear the highlights from last night’s 3-2 loss, and postgame comments from Matt Wisler and Tyler Stubblefield:

CAN’T HELP BUT LAUGH

At the note John Axford left for the media last night after he broke his streak of 49 consecutive saves:

WELCOME TO BIKINI BOTTOM

The Mets are playing Miami Marlins at the new ballpark down in Florida, and the Mets radio crew seems to be having a bit of a debate over what exactly this structure in the outfield best resembles:

It was pointed out, however, as those of you who have children will know, that Spongebob is he who lives in a pineapple under the sea, and that the structure does not entirely resemble a pineapple.

Thoughts?

MUSICAL GUEST

The cast of Glee…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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