Three Hits, Photos from the Road, What’s a Facebook?

Just three hits for the TinCaps in Thursday’s 5-1 loss for Fort Wayne. Six innings in, there were no hits on the scoreboard for the TinCaps and it was looking a little dicey. Noah Syndergaard, who apparently wolfs down Chiptole before each start, worked four innings and didn’t give up a run or a hit. Only two men reached against him during his outing. Here’s how he prepares for each game:

” I start my day off with Chipotle, it’s like a pregame ritual with [reliever Anthony] DeSclafani. Then I get to the stadium around 5 p.m. and get my leg stretches and arm stretches in, then I’m ready to go.”

“Tonight, I went down to the bullpen after I came out and worked on my curveball. It depends on my pitch count. Then I did some shoulder maintenance and rotator cuff stuff.”

The TinCaps didn’t fare much better against DeSclafani, as the righty struck out the side in both the fifth and sixth innings,  and ended up with a career-high eight strikeouts.

Donavan Tate notched the first hit of the night for Fort Wayne in the seventh, and later came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Duanel Jones. The TinCaps loaded the bases in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate against reliever Brandon Berl, but Lee Orr grounded out to end the game. The three-game winning streak came to and end for the TinCaps.

While Cody Hebner pitched well through five innings, it was the first time all year that fewer than three runs were scored when he was on the mound. Entering Thursday’s game the team had averaged 8.1 runs per game during his starts. Frank Garces starts in the rubber match.

Pregame coverage starts at 6:45 on 1380 ESPN and ESPNFortWayne.com with first pitch at 7:05, and I hope you can join me on your Friday night.

FROM THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVES

I want to share a few photos with you from the road trip. Here is an establishment right down the street from the Lugnuts ballpark. This place is a little geographically confused…

Featuring DJ TinCat on the 1′s and 2′s every Friday night!

Looking down at the lobby of the Lexington Lansing Hotel from inside the elevator. Swanky.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear from Lee Orr, whose three-run homer lifted the TinCaps to a win on Wednesday night in Lansing. He’ll also talk about his friendship with his college, and current, teammate Jace Peterson and about the time he got covered in mud while helping Jace out of a jam…

WHAT’S A FACEBOOK?

With Facebook about to go public, some folks from that business are about to become billionaires:

Try to think back to a time when there was no Facebook. We didn’t know what it mean to send a friend request or tag someone in a picture. So, naturally, newspapers tried to explain the new phenomenon:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Then, again, you don’t want too many facebook friends, for fear people might think you don’t have any real friends that you actually spend time with.”

The Los Angeles Times: “It’s like your coolness is inversely proportional to the friends you have on the facebook,” said Pomona sophomore Brian Hardesty, who lists about 200. Students are likely to tease anyone with more than about 250.”

That was all back in 2004, and here we are with Mark Zuckerberg having been sued by the Winklevoss twins, had a movie made about him, and on the verge of becoming super-rich before he hits 30. Facebook reaches all over the world, and nobody, not even Zuckerberg, knows what’s in store for it five years from now.

MUSICAL GUEST

Fun…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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