Road Trip Notes, League Honors, Irrelevant Questions

A few things on tap today for the TinCaps as they try and win their seventh straight:

Season High: Fort Wayne is currently on a six-game winning streak, it’s longest string of consecutive victories this season. During the winning streak, the TinCaps have outscored the opposition 43-18, scoring no fewer than six runs in any of the five games, and they’ve hit .287 (58-202). The last six-game winning streak for Fort Wayne came last season, from July 15-21. The last time a TinCaps team won at least seven games in a row was during a stretch of eight straight victories from August 2-9, 2010.

Sterling Starters: Over the course of the TinCaps’ current six-game road trip, none of the five starting pitchers to take the hill have given up more than one earned run. In the 26 innings starters have thrown, they’ve surrendered a total of two earned runs, working to a 0.69 ERA.

Just One Away: Just once this season has the TinCaps overall record been at .500, and that was after the second game of the season when Fort Wayne defeated the Lake County Captains. A win today would put the TinCaps back at .500 and give them a shot to move above that mark on Wednesday against South Bend.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, you can hear my Sunday chat with Jose Valentin, where he tells us about his team’s patience, which he thinks has been the key to the current six-game winning streak:

TINCAPS HONORED BY MWL

Congratulations to infielder Tyler Stubblefield and reliever Johnny Barbato, who were honored by the Midwest League today as the player and pitcher of the week, respectively. Adys Portillo is the only other TinCaps player to have won a weekly award this season.

Image courtesy of Tony Desplaines, TinCaps Creative Director.

Stubblefield hit .450 (11-24) in six games, notching four doubles, one home run and knocking in six runs last week. He scored seven runs and stole three bases. Stubblefield is now hitting .276, with four home runs and 19 runs batted in. Since the second half began, Stubblefield has hit .298 in 84 at-bats.

Barbato holds a 5-0 record with a 2.17 ERA. From July 16-22, the righthander appeared in three games and tossed 5 2/3 scoreless, no-hit innings, issuing one walk and striking out seven batters. The Miami, Florida, native has allowed 12 earned runs in 49 2/3 innings on the season.

APROPOS OF NOTHING

This segment of the blog seems to pop up when I’m on the road more often than not, but this one was a head-scratcher today. So I’m sitting in the lobby of the team hotel waiting to catch the bus, and I’m trying to access the internet to send out a press release. It’s the standard at most hotels that you’ve got to accept some terms and conditions (Anyone ever read those? I thought so.) or put in a password to get on. This was a first:

What?

“How many fried foods do you eat per day?” What? How is that relevant to me getting on the internet at the Clarion in Davenport, Iowa?

That’d be like me trying to board a plan and the gate agent asking, “Do you sleep on your back, side or stomach?”

What if I walked into a department store and an employee asked me, “When you do laundry, do you wash the whites or the colors first?”

That’s a tough one.

HISTORICAL CHAIRS

From 2004-2007 the team here in Davenport was known as the “Swing of the Quad Cities.” Some of the chairs here in the press box still have the old, saxophony logo:

The name was picked in a competition to give the team a new name back in the early 2000’s, but it seems like the Jazz of the NBA being in Utah–a little odd.

MUSICAL GUEST

Audioslave…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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