Three Down, Rock Out, Continued Success

After Sunday’s loss, the TinCaps have now dropped three straight ballgames. Friday and Saturday were one-run losses, and Sunday was a 3-1 loss, where Fort Wayne collected just four hits, two of which came in the ninth inning.

Tomorrow they’ll look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Silver Hawks, and pick up a win before an off day on Tuesday.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, I chat with Silver Hawks eighth-year skipper Mark Haley, who tells me about his team’s progression in the second half, and what he looks for in evaluating a player:

ROCK OUT

One of my Facebook friends posted this video, and it’s too good not to share. I present to you, through a musician far more talented than I: A history of Rock and Roll in 100 Guitar Riffs.

CONTINUED SUCCESS

Matt Wisler allowed just one hit in his start on Saturday, which caught the attention of MiLB.com:

TinCaps’ Wisler flirts with no-hitter

“After the fourth or fifth, I knew what was going on pretty much,” Wisler said. “But after we got two runs [in the top of the seventh], I started thinking that a no-hitter was really possible. Then I got a little too excited and let the adrenaline get the best of me a little bit.”

To begin the bottom of the seventh against South Bend — with that adrenaline flowing — the 19-year-old right-hander walked Tom Belza. He struck out Matt Helm but gave up an infield hit to Marc Bourgeois, who just beat third baseman Duanel Jones’ throw to first.

Wisler exited following the Silver Hawks’ first hit, and reliever James Needy surrendered an RBI single to Ryan Court. Fort Wayne ended up dropping a 3-2, 11-inning decision to South Bend.

But it was Bourgeois’ single that Wisler found most disheartening after the game.

“I thought I made a pretty good pitch,” he said. “But he got a piece of it for a weak infield single. I thought [Jones] made a nice play on it, too, and it was pretty close at first, but they called him safe. … It’s kinda disappointing, but it was a tough play and a tough call.”

As frustrating as the lone hit might have been, the Ohio native called Saturday’s outing “definitely” the best of his first full season in pro ball after being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 Draft. In fact, it’s only the latest in a string of solid starts by Wisler, who was charged with one run on one hit and two walks with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.”

MUSICAL GUEST

The Black Crowes…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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