TinCaps in Kentucky
The TinCaps have arrived, one broken-down bus later, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the opener of this three-game series.
Maybe 45 minutes after leaving Fort Wayne, the TinCaps team bus started smoking, which meant it had to pull over. Dave, our hard-working driver, hopped off to see what was the matter, and determined we’d need a new bus. I’ve never been on a bus, or even a car, that’s broken down, so this was a first. Overall, it was a really quick process, though. Fortunately, the team was close enough to Fort Wayne that a new bus could be brought out quickly. So we waited about thirty minutes, loaded all of the gear onto the second bus and kept on moving.
As for the baseball side of things, Fort Wayne’s 5-4 loss last night to Lansing means the TinCaps can no longer qualify for the playoffs in the first half. They’ll have these three games with the Hot Rods, a four-day All-Star break, and then a second half of 70 games to try and make the playoffs.
Bowling Green is still very much in the thick of things. The Hot Rods, a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, are in second place. That means if the first half ended today, they’d have qualified for the playoffs. Here’s how the standings look behind them:
Bowling Green – 11.5 GB
South Bend – 12.5 GB
West Michigan – 12.5 GB
The TinCaps still have the opportunity to play spoiler here, and they’ll no doubt try and do that. Bowling Green took two of three from Fort Wayne last time these two teams met, and the Hot Rods won the last two games of the series 14-7 and 8-2.
Here’s the view from the press box at Bowling Green Ballpark:
In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, you’re treated to a special feature story. Reliever Dennis O’Grady and Catcher Matt Colantonio grew up not more than five miles apart from one another in New York. Now, as fate would have it, they are teammates here in Fort Wayne. Tom Felice tells you about their journey.
Lenny Kravitz…take it away!