On the Road, From the Top, Where Does Email Go?

HITTING THE ROAD

Today the TinCaps travel approximately two hours north on Interstate 69 to take on the Lansing Lugnuts at Cooley Law School Stadium.

The Lugnuts are red hot and have the league’s best record through 39 games. Not surprisingly, they’ve got the best team ERA in the league, showing that pitching will win you games in this league. That is a promising item for the TinCaps, though, as they have the fourth best ERA in the Midwest League and the second in the Eastern Division behind Lansing.

In Tuesday’s win, Donavan Tate returned to the lineup for the first time since April 28. Tate batted leadoff and was the designated hitter for the TinCaps, going 2-4, scoring two runs and picking up an RBI. Fort Wayne has relied on that leadoff spot to be one of its most productive positions this year, and it was almost exclusively occupied by Jace Peterson until his recent injury. Kyung-Min Na had filled in at the top of the card the last four games, but was 0-14 in four games as the leadoff man. Peterson led the league in runs scored and stolen bases before his injury, and so if Tate can match some of Peterson’s production, that will be a big boost for the TinCaps.

Fort Wayne has now won three out of its last four, and four of the last seven. The TinCaps offense has showed great signs of life, especially with the two eighth-inning home runs on Monday afternoon. Clark Murphy and Casey McElroy each hit solo homers as the TinCaps turned a 4-3 deficit into an eventual 6-5 victory.

First pitch tonight is at 7:05 and I hope you can join me from Michigan’s capital city beginning at 6:45 for pregame coverage on 1380 ESPN and ESPNFortWayne.com.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear from Manager Jose Valentin as he gives his thoughts on how his team coalesced on the homestand and the return of Donavan Tate to the lineup:

STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP

During this past homestand, Randy Smith, the Director of Player Development for the Padres was in town. In that role, he’s responsible for the growth and continued improvement of all of the players within the farm system. He’s constantly on the road visiting the team’s minor league affiliates, and this was his first time in Fort Wayne this year. I chatted with him, and we talked about, among many things:

-The development of Adys Portillo and Frank Garces

-Why Smith likes Jose Valentin and Jacque Jones as mentors in the organization

-The international scouting efforts of the Padres

-His use of Twitter and how he follows all of the minor league teams in Tucson, Arizona, San Antonio, Texas, Lake Elsinore, California and Fort Wayne each night

Have a look:

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SEND AN EMAIL?

Have you ever really stopped to think about how that works? I know I haven’t. I just hit send and go on my way, hoping that the email I’ve just sent gets to the recipient as soon as possible. The team over at GMail has put together a fun-looking, interactive graphic to show what happens to an email when it gets sent. Here’s a peek:

Not that I have any idea how any of these technologies work, but it’s still fun to get some insight into what happens behind the scenes when I’m sending my friends pictures of giraffes wearing sunglasses…uh, I mean..important,er, business documents.

MUSICAL GUEST 

America’s latest pop sensation…Cher Lloyd ft. Astro (who?)…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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