First Half Finale, Travel Numbers, Programming Notes

It’s the final game of the first half, and the TinCaps and Hot Rods square off at 3:05 CDT here in Bowling Green, Kentucky this afternoon. I’ve been told there may be some rain in the forecast. Upon further examination, that may be accurate. Here’s what the radar looks like at first pitch:

This is the opposite of good.

On an unrelated note, I did a little bit of math last night and found out just how many miles the TinCaps have traveled by bus in the first half (according to Google Maps):

4,587

That, I have determined, is the equivalent of driving from New York to Los Angeles, turning around in an attempt to drive home, and then running out of gas in St. Louis. Well, you don’t have to run out of gas in St. Louis. You might have relatives there, or you might want to catch a Cardinals game. I shouldn’t speak for you in that instance. Either way, that’s a lot of bus miles. I probably should’ve signed up for the frequent rider progra–

What? There is no frequent rider program?

This seems somewhat to moderately off. I could’ve sworn I’d at least get a sweatshirt or travel tote bag for all of the miles. I’ll need to speak with a customer services representative.

In all seriousness, though, today’s game should be a good one as Cody Hebner (6-2, 3.43) takes the hill against Bowling Green’s Roberto Gomez (6-2, 2.79). The TinCaps will try to give Hebner the run support he’s used to, a team best 6.6 runs per start, after having been shut out three of the last four nights. Prior to this week, Fort Wayne hadn’t been shut out at all in the first half. The TinCaps are also in danger of being swept for the first time in the half, and so a win would go a long way in preserving that streak.

With an 0-3 game last night, Travis Whitmore’s 11-game hitting streak came to an end. It stands as the longest hitting streak of the year for Fort Wayne. Donavan Tate and Matt Colantonio each carried streaks of eight straight games with a hit earlier this season.

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In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear my chat with TinCaps pitcher Matt Wisler. He’ll tell you about his stellar pitching in the last month, explain his growing confidence in one of his pitches and he’ll tell you what “chillaxing” is:

PROGRAMMING NOTE #1

If you’re in or around Fort Wayne, I invite you to tune into Monday’s edition of Sound Off with the TinCaps on 21 Alive. It’ll feature a behind-the-scenes look at how the TinCaps’ television broadcast runs, and I’ll be live in the studio to chat with host Tommy Schoegler about the TV broadcasts and to wrap up the first half. The show airs live at 12:20 and then re-airs at 7:30 PM.

If you miss this episode or any episode throughout the season, you can always catch up with the program by following this link: http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/sports/sound-off-tincaps

PROGRAMMING NOTE #2

As the team heads into the All-Star break following today’s game, I’ll be taking the break with them.  I’ll be spending a little bit of time at the pool, doing some reading and relaxing. That means I won’t be posting on the blog again until Friday. Thanks, as always for reading!

MUSICAL GUEST

Deep Sea Diver…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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