Late Launch, Tate Talks, Surprising Coach

Here’s the situation:

-It’s a 3-2 game with Lansing in the lead

-Top of the ninth inning

-Two men on base

-Two outs, and two strikes on Lee Orr

So what did he do? He hit a three-run home run to give the TinCaps a 5-3 lead, and Matt Stites closed out the game, extending the TinCaps winning streak to three.

It was quite a game on Wednesday night for Fort Wayne, as they took down the best team in the league and snapped Lansing’s four-game winning streak. Matt Wisler pitched five innings for the TinCaps, but didn’t factor in the decision. On the other side, Lansing starter Jesse Hernandez went seven innings, using his superb pitch location to hold the TinCaps at  bay. From the fourth to the seventh, Fort Wayne had just two baserunners.

It’s now been back-to-back games where the TinCaps have used late homers to come back and win games. With Cody Hebner on the hill today averaging 8 runs of support behind him, who knows what Thursday’s game will bring.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear from outfielder Donavan Tate, who is making his return from a nearly two week stint on the disabled list. He shares how the time on the bench helped him to look at the game in a different light:

SECRET WEAPON

Great story here on ESPN.com about University of Kansas strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy. She’s worked with some big names in collegiate, and now professional, athletics over the last few years. Before her stop at KU, she worked at the University of Connecticut, with players like quarterback Dan Orlovsky:

“Her workouts were harder than anything we did on the football field,” said Orlovsky, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I definitely think there was resistance at first. In my own head there was. As a young, 17-year-old, immature kid, I thought I should be taught how I should be working out and training and eating by a guy.

“But then you realize, ‘This woman is stronger than I am and in better shape than I’m in.’ You gain a competitive appreciation for her. I quickly came to accept that she didn’t play around.”

It’s a great read that shows how the preconceived notions the athletes had of Hudy quickly disappeared when they not only got into her workout program, but saw the results, too.

MUSICAL GUEST

Mark Wills…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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