Bienvenidos to Bowling Green
Greetings from Bowling Green, Kentucky, the home of Fruit of the Loom! Phew, I feel much better about having forgotten to pack underwear on this trip…
Here’s what I see during the game:
Fort Wayne, which left Parkview Field at 7:00 this morning, is playing particularly well right now, having won three straight–its first three-game sweep at home since July of last year against Great Lakes–as it begins this three game series with Bowling Green. Here are a few items of note for Fort Wayne:
The TinCaps lead the Midwest League in runs scored (98), doubles (34), RBI (84), total bases (214), stolen bases (25), fewest times caught stealing (2), slugging (.425), and on-base plus slugging (.781). Fort Wayne is also tied for most home runs (14). Defensively, the TinCaps’ 16 double plays are a league-high.
They’ve also played great at home, getting off to a 6-1 start at Parkview Field, including last night’s 7-5 win over Lansing:
The TinCaps visit the hottest team int the league right now with Bowling Green. The Hot Rods are 12-4 (most wins in the Midwest League) and are 6-1 at Bowling Green Ballpark. Fortunately, the weather here is great. The temperature is in the low 70′s and the humidity is undetectable. It’s a far cry from the late June and early September visits Fort Wayne made here last year when, in six games, they only took batting practice once because of the rain.
Zach Eflin gets the ball tonight for Fort Wayne, as he looks for his first professional win. In his first two starts he has worked three and five innings, respectively. He’ll be opposed by Taylor Guerreri, who is the #3 prospect in the Rays farm system, according to Baseball America.
I hope you’ll join me for tonight’s broadcast. I’ll have pre-game coverage at 7:45 before the 8:05 ET first pitch on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com.
Have a listen to John Nolan’s Sunday Chat with TinCaps Manager Jose Valentin as they discuss the TinCaps’ hot bats in the Lansing series, the team’s success at Parkview Field and the differences in Justin Hancock from last year to this year:
Also, John put together a great feature on Fort Wayne’s four first-round draft picks in the starting rotation:
LIFE ON THE ROAD
The team bus stopped in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, today for lunch, and I was delighted to spot this sticker on the back of a Kentucky license-plated car:
Justin Timberlake…take it away!