Western Foes, Train Conductor, Beyonce

The TinCaps return to Parkview Field to open a six-game homestand this evening. The team will hope the day off yesterday can help them get back on the winning track, as they had lost four straight games prior to Tuesday. A series sweep at the hands of South Bend from Saturday-Monday saw minimal offense.

Over the last four games, Fort Wayne is hitting .139 (5-36) with runners in scoring position. A few of the team’s important bats are also a little cool right now with Yeison Asencio going 5 for his last 27 (.185), Jace Peterson recording 3 hits in his last 17 at-bats (.176) and Travis Whitmore hitless in his last 12 at-bats.

That said, tonight’s starting pitcher, Frank Garces, has been tearing it up lately. He’s won his last four decisions, pitching 20 innings and working to a 0.45 ERA in those starts. During the four-game stretch, he’s given up 13 hits, walked eight and fanned 19. There may not be a hotter pitcher in the league right now than the TinCaps’ lefty.

The first three-game series of this homestand comes against Beloit, the first-half wild-card winner in the Western Division. This is a team that can hit, and is led by the league’s best slugger. Miguel Sano, the 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic, tore up the Appalachian League last year and is making his presence felt in the Midwest League this season. He’s already clubbed a league-leading 18 home runs and has driven in 59 runs, which is second best in the circuit. His 31 errors aren’t anything that will please a manager, but it’s something the Twins can certainly live with considering his age and exceptional hitting talent.

When it comes to TinCaps hitting, there’s no better resource than Hitting Coach Jacque Jones, who was my guest on our most recent radio broadcast. Hear his thoughts on the team’s second half and Kyle Gaedele’s resurgence in today’s TinCaps Report Podcast:

JUST PASSING BY…

The other day I brought you the mouse delay from a Syracuse Chiefs game, and today we travel down to Montgomery Alabama for a visit with the Biscuits. It wasn’t a delay that made things interesting, instead it was a train conductor…

BEYONCE’S FAVORITE SOUVENIR

So I was taking a walk around the Silver Hawks’ new team store (which used to be a synagogue) in South Bend, when I cam across this item:

If you don’t get the joke, Beyonce has a song called “Put a Ring on It“. It certainly made me laugh when I saw that.

Here’s what the store looks like:

MUSICAL GUEST

Carrie Underwood…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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