Two Tough Days
As if the six-hour bus ride wasn’t pain enough for the TinCaps as they travel down to Bowling Green, Kentucky (one particularly tall player brought egg crate foam and slept on the floor of the bus), the last two days have proved confoundingly difficult from a pitching standpoint. After a three-game sweep of the Lansing Lugnuts in which they scored 31 runs at Parkview Field, the TinCaps have now given up 22 runs over the last two days against the Hot Rods at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Monday brought a 10-5 defeat, in which the TinCaps led, 3-1, but were then outscored heartily the for the remainder of the game. In today’s action, Fort Wayne was in front, 2-1, before Bowling Green struck back, tying the game in the bottom of the second and never looking back. The Hot Rods did something I’ve yet to see during my four seasons of Minor League Baseball by scoring at least one run in every inning they came to the plate.
Starting pitching has been the main reason behind the trouble the TinCaps have experienced the last two days. Zach Eflin started Monday and gave up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Erik Cabrera started Tuesday and in the same duration, allowed the exact same number of runs to cross the plate. The fourth inning has been pivotal, and that early hole has proved to big to climb out of both days.
Tomorrow Walker Weickel will look for his first win with Fort Wayne. He’ll be opposed by another highly-touted arm from the Tampa Bay system, as Blake Snell takes the mound for the Hot Rods. Snell is rated as the #7 overall prospect in that farm system, according to Baseball America.
I’ll have the broadcast at 7:45 ET, with first pitch at 8:05 on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com. Hope you’ll join me.
Hear my full interview with TinCaps shortstop Stephen Carmon as we discuss nicknames, video games and baseball games:
I CAN RELATE
I pass along a non-baseball story that I found interesting, not just for the culinary aspect (although that’s always a favorite) but also because the main character of the story is relatable.
This article tells the story of David Chan, who is an attorney living in Los Angeles. He has traveled to and eaten at, on his own dime, 6,297 Chinese restaurants. And he has never learned how to use chopsticks. I find that really hilarious. I’ve never learned to use them either, and don’t really plan on it. I find a fork to be just suitable, thank you. However, if I ate at more than 6,000 Chinese restuarants, maybe someone would have taught me how to use them. I don’t know…
Good story, though.
Led Zeppelin…take it away!