Three in a Row, Ready to Go

Another impressive win for the TinCaps last night, as they demolished the Great Lakes Loons by a 13-0 final score. The highlights:

-Jeremy Baltz hit two home runs and collected six RBI. Baltz had the first six-RBI game by a TinCaps hitter since Jeudy Valdez did it three seasons ago on May 26…also against Great Lakes. Here’s the box score from that game:


-Gabriel Quintana and Dane Phillips each hit home runs

-It was the first four-homer game for Fort Wayne since June 11, 2012 when Yeison Asencio (2), Lee Orr and Tyler Stubblefield all went yard at Parkview Field against South Bend.

-Justin Hancock earned his first Midwest League win, turning in five scoreless innings and striking out seven.

-In the last nine years, this is just the third time a Fort Wayne team has started the season 3-0. The 2009 squad, which won a MWL title, began the year on a 10-0 tear. In 2011, Fort Wayne won three straight against South Bend to open the season, before dropping the last of a four-game set to the Silver Hawks. The 24 runs scored in the first three games by the 2013 TinCaps edges the 18 scored by the 2009 team in its first three games.

The finale of the four-game season-opening series with Great Lakes is this afternoon at 3:05. Padres supplemental first-round pick Zach Eflin is the scheduled starter for Fort Wayne. San Diego drafted Eflin 33rd overall in the 2012 draft. You can hear the game on The Fan 1380 in Fort Wayne and everywhere else on I’ll be joined pregame by Jeremy Baltz, when our coverage starts at 2:45.


The guest on today’s TinCaps Report Podcast is outfielder Mallex Smith. The gregarious Floridian tells us about the origin of his unique name, his start to the season, and his natural speed (although he says he’s not even the fastest in his family):


TinCaps President Mike Nutter joined WANE-TV in Fort Wayne on Saturday morning to talk about Opening Day at Parkview Field on Thursday, April 11th. It’ll be the start of the fifth season at Parkview Field, and one fan will be guaranteed to walk away with $5,000. It could be you…who knows.

Here is the link to Mike’s interview:


I saw this tweet from former U-T San Diego columnist Tim Sullivan the other day, and wanted to share it because it makes the mind race, perhaps to places it hasn’t been in a long while:


How would you re-do things if you could? I think I’d play the guitar–it’s something I’ve always wished I could do. I was a “percussionist” from the fifth grade through 12th grade, and I put that in quotes to say that they allowed me to play the triangle and cymbals…and very little else. I wasn’t very good.

I’m sure a lot of people would like to be friends with Bill Gates, but that doesn’t mean even when he got rich that he’d share any of his money with you…


Rihanna…take it away!

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


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