Rubber Match, Floating Shuttle, Dawson’s Message

The TinCaps wrap up their three-game series with the Captains today in Eastlake, Ohio.

It’s a chance for Fort Wayne to take the series, which would be crucial after yesterday’s game escaped their grasp in the final moments. Five Lake County runs scored in the eighth inning and the Captains escaped with a 7-2 victory.

The pitching matchup tonight looks like it’ll be a good one: Cody Hebner (5-2, 4.06) vs. Joe Colon (5-5, 2.66).

After winning three starts in a row from April 30th to May 12th (3-0, 2.70 in that stretch), Hebner has since gone winless (0-1, 7.54) in his last three starts. From looking at the numbers, here’s one stat that jumps off the page with the TinCaps righty:

Average against with the bases empty: .194 (21-108)

Average against with runners on base: .329 (28-85)

As for Colon, he’s had an interesting season in that he’s registered a decision in all but one of his 11 starts. He features a sinker, and from what I’ve heard from the Lake County radio booth, it’s an effective pitch that induces a lot of ground balls.

In his last three starts, Colon has alternated win-loss-win, but was overall very successful in May going 4-2 with a 1.31 ERA. The native of Puerto Rico allowed just six earned runs in 41 1/3 innings last month.

I hope you can join me tonight for the radio broadcast. I’ll be on the air at 6:45 from Classic Park with our pregame coverage. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00, and you can listen on 1380 ESPN or at

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear my Saturday chat with Captains Manager David Wallace. He’ll tell you how few times top prospect Francisco Lindor has struggled this year, and fill you in on who his managerial influences are:


Thanks to Steve Scott (@SteveScottWCBS) for tweeting this picture with the following caption:

Here’s the #Shuttle‬ #Intrepid‬ arriving in #Bayonne‬. We were maybe 125 yards from the shuttle.”

From NBC New York:

“The Enterprise will stay at Port Elizabeth (NJ) until Tuesday at 9 a.m., when it will begin the last leg of its journey to the museum. It is expected to pass the Statue of Liberty at 9:50 a.m., the World Trade Center at 10:40 a.m. and then it will travel up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Museum at 11:30 a.m., where it will be lifted by crane onto the flight deck and put into position facing the Hudson River.”


The original host of Family Feud, Richard Dawson, passed away on Sunday at the age of 79. I wasn’t alive to watch him host the show during his first run as the host, but I did come across this archived footage of a touching moment he had on the air.

He’ll tell you about a young girl who wrote into the show and wanted to hear from Dawson herself. The rest of the story, well, you’ll have to hear it from him. I promise it’s worth the three minutes.


As I brag momentarily:

Huge Mets fan over here. I’m very excited, even though it’s June. Gotta take what you can get sometimes.


John Legend…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.


…I thought you meant Dawson’s creek.

You know that thought crossed my mind as I wrote the headline!

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