Not Your Average Emerald, Long-Awaited Return

The TinCaps lost, 7-4, against Bowling Green on Monday night. The Hot Rods lead the four-game series 2-1 with the finale set for tonight at 7:05.

Erik Cabrera, injured TinCaps infielder Felix Cabrera’s younger brother, made his first start outside of the Dominican Republic, and the first inning was a little rocky. Five runs came across to score, putting Fort Wayne into a hole from which it could not recover.

On the bright side, Chris Fetter pitched in relief for the first time since August 31, 2009, also with Fort Wayne, and did not allow a run.

On the dark side, the TinCaps committed a season-high six errors, which is one shy of the franchise record.

Today it’s Frank Garces on the hill, and he’s won seven of his last eight outings. If there was ever a stopper you could turn to when trying to end a two-game slide, he’d be your guy. Garces is working on a stretch of more than two months in which he hasn’t given up more than two runs in a single start.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear from Chris Fetter on his outing:


Clark Murphy wasn’t with the TinCaps for very long this season, just 17 games from late April to Mid-May, but he did stand out as someone who played the game with a certain joy. That’s because of an event last summer that changed his life. Murphy’s younger brother was driving home from baseball practice one day when a tractor-trailer swerved across the road and hit his car head on. That led Clark, then a Rangers farmhand, to return home to be with his family.

Now that he’s back on the diamond, he’s enjoying it all with a different perspective. A friend of mine, Erik Elken, who works for a TV station in Eugene, Oregon, tell Clark’s story in the piece below. Clark is now with the Eugene Emeralds, one level below Fort Wayne.


If you’ve ever watched Arrested Development, you know that this intro means a great 30 minutes lies in your immediate future:

The show was cancelled by FOX in 2006 after just three seasons. It’s one of those shows that if you’ve ever seen it, you wonder how it got cancelled. Apparently, now the cast is getting back together to shoot a new season that will air just on Netflix. Production on the show is supposed to start today.

If you’ve never seen the show–you must. It had Michael Cera before Superbad, hilariously funny stand-up comedian David Cross, Jason Bateman and Jeffrey Tambor among others. Oh, and it was produced and narrated by Ron Howard.

YouTube it.


Rush…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

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