Social Media Night, Out and About, Perfecto

I suppose it was bound to happen sometime. On Wednesday night, for the first time all season, the TinCaps were held scoreless, and they lost 7-0 at the hands of the Lansing Lugnuts.

As Jose Valentin told The Journal Gazette:

“It’s the same thing almost every day,” Valentin said. “(Tuesday) we only got one hit. (Wednesday) we got a bunch of hits, but nothing with guys in scoring position (0 for 6). … Our offense has been struggling. Almost every day. You have to give credit to their pitchers. And they got the hits when they needed.”

The TinCaps had a few baserunning miscues, too, as Travis Whitmore was thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a second inning hit, and Duanel Jones was thrown at second base while leading off in the fifth inning.

“It was one of those days where anything good goes against you,” Valentin said. “But that’s the type of baseball we’ve been playing. Everything has been crazy in the first half.,” Valentin said.

Fort Wayne became the last team in the league to be shut out in 2012.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, Manager Jose Valentin details his frustration with the team’s loss:


Lots going on at the ballpark tonight for Social Media Night, including these snazzy one-time-only jerseys that the TinCaps will be sporting:

Don’t miss out on your chance to get in on the action:


Along with Abby Naas, the Assistant Director of Marketing – Community Relations for the TinCaps, and four pitchers–Daniel Cropper, Chris Haney, Matt Stites and Matt Wisler– I went over to the Arbor Glen Retirement Community in Fort Wayne this morning for a game of bean bag baseball against the Arbor Glen Generals. What a blast. Some of our competitors were 95 years old, and they were still getting after it!

Pitcher Matt Stites is “swinging” away.

Thanks to the folks at Arbor Glen for having us this morning. The cookies and lemonade were delicious, too. Enjoy the game tonight, Generals!


In case you missed it last night, Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants threw a perfect game. I was still here in the press box doing some work, and had the pleasure of listening to Dave Flemming’s call on KNBR from San Francisco. Those are the moments that players–and broadcasters–dream about.

Also, there’s this historical nugget:


U2…take it away!

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

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