Previewing Game 2 vs. Lansing

Fort Wayne is one game away from making its way to the Midwest League Eastern Division championship game for the second straight season. Here’s the view from the press box as the TinCaps take batting practice:

It was an exciting victory last night at Parkview Field in front of an excited crowd, and we’re hoping for another TinCaps win tonight. Coming up on the broadcast tonight, you’ll hear from Jeremy Baltz, the second-round pick of the Padres who is hitting in the cleanup spot this evening, Tyler Stubblefield, who hit a home run last night, and from Jose Valentin, the first-year manager who is trying to lead his team to the second title in franchise history. I’ll be on with Mike Maahs at6:45 from Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing on 1380 ESPN in Fort Wayne and ESPNFortWayne.com everywhere else.

Interesting note for tonight: The Lugnuts lineup will feature MLB rehabber Brett Lawrie (yes, that one from the Blue Jays) hitting leadoff tonight. So, when Matt Wisler takes the mound in the bottom of the first, he’ll be facing a major league hitter. Welcome to playoff baseball. Lawrie hit some pretty strong drives during batting practice this afternoon. He was also easily identifiable as the only player who did not tuck in his jersey. Lawrie had hit .282 with nine home runs and 40 runs batted in this season with Toronto before suffering a strained oblique on August 3rd at Oakland. I’d gotten a few questions on Twitter about whether a move like this was legal…and it is. The rules state that any downward moves after August 15th must be either done via special permission from the president of Minor League Baseball OR be a rehab assignment, and this falls into the latter category.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear from Manager Jose Valentin following last night’s 5-2 win over the Lugnuts at Parkview Field:

Talk to you on the radio!

MUSICAL GUEST

Led Zeppelin…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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