Nearly a Cycle, Award Winner, Learn Something New

The TinCaps look for a sweep tonight against Great Lakes at Parkview Field. The last time Fort Wayne swept a three-game series at Parkview Field?

April 7-9, 2011, against South Bend.

A win tonight would also give Fort Wayne a three-game winning streak, too.

Yeison Asencio had quite the ballgame yesterday, coming within a triple of the cycle. He had two singles, two doubles and a solo home run. His 10 total bases were the most for any TinCaps player this season, and he’s the fifth Fort Wayne player to have five hits in a game in 2012.

Jace Peterson played one of his better games, too, going 2-4 with a three-run homer. His last, and only other, home run this season came on April 12th, at Dow Diamond, the home of the Great Lakes Loons. He told me in our postgame interview that he doesn’t go up to the plate looking for a home run, but he just happened to get a good pitch from Great Lakes’ Miguel Sulbaran.

Both Asencio and Peterson hit their home runs against Sulbaran, who was a making his first Midwest League start. The lefty, who’s only 18-years-0ld, gave up six earned runs in just two innings.

Today Cody Hebner tries to pick up his first victory since June 11. In the six starts since his last win, he’s gone 0-3 with an 8.63 ERA.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, Jace Peterson tells us about his big day at the plate:

TWO IN A ROW

The Midwest League announced today that Kyle Gaedele has been named the player of the week for July 22-29. 

Kyle Gaedele

In six games this past week, Gaedele hit .353 (6-17) with two doubles, three home runs, and six runs batted in. He also drew six walks, scored four runs, and stole a base. Gaedele has hit .342 in 73 at bats in the month of July.

Since the All-Star break, Gaedele is hitting .337 (35-104), boosting his batting average from .200 to .247. In 31 second-half games, the Arlington Heights, Illinois, native has already bested his first half totals for doubles, home runs and runs batted in.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

On yesterday’s TV broadcast, Kent Hormann and I were joined by Mark Stubblefield, whose official title is Medical Coordinator, Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. That means that he’s responsible for the medical care of umpires throughout minor league baseball. It’s a tough task considering each team has a trainer dedicated to at least 25 players, and Stubblefield is responsible for hundreds of umpires.

He joined us in the third inning yesterday afternoon to talk about his background, how his position came to be and what he does in an educational role with the umpires to help prevent injury.

We talked about one umpire in particular, Ron Teague, who was injured in a game between Fort Wayne and Lansing earlier this year. The game was at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, and the Lugnuts’ Kevin Patterson took a big swing at a pitch, clipping Teague’s shin with his backswing. The swing, as I’ve been told, broke Teague’s shinguard and left him on the ground in pain for several minutes. Keep in mind there are no backup umpires.

Stubblefield was familiar with the incident, and said that if Teague could not have continued, that the game would have gone on with just one umpire. Teague did finish the game, but was out of commission for about a week as Stubblefield helped him recover from his injury. Since then, Teague has been promoted to Advanced-A.

Stubblefield said since his hiring in October of last year, that his role has been to look at the umpires as baseball’s “31st team”, and to help them stay in the best shape possible. They’re the people on the field who are seen the most, yet seen the least. Umpires, even on hot days, are on the field the entire time, but they never get to go to the bathroom or even sit down.

Talking with Mark gave good insight into something we really hear about. Thanks, Mark.

MUSICAL GUEST

Billy Joel…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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