Another exciting win for the TinCaps, as they won in 11 innings yesterday, defeating the Clinton LumberKings, 3-2. Jeremy Baltz provided the heroics, going 0-for-4 in his first four trips to the plate, and then knocking in the game-winning run with two outs with a base hit to the warning track in center field.
I caught up with him after the game, where he was the victim (?) of not one, but two ambushes from his giddy teammates.
First, it was a face full of shaving cream from Stephen Carmon, who had hit a walk-off on Friday and received the same treatment:
Next, it was a bucket of water from Maxx Tissenbaum and Corey Adamson:
And lastly, even I could not escape the celebration:
Here’s that full interview:
On another positive note, Fort Wayne’s starting pitching has been extremely durable the last four outings:
Thursday: Joe Ross – 5 2/3 IP
Friday: Max Fried – 6 IP
Saturday: Justin Hancock – 6 IP
Sunday: Zach Eflin – 5 IP
That marks the first time since August of last year that four consecutive starting pitchers have gone at least five innings:
August 22, 2012: Ruben Mejia – 5IP
August 23, 2012: James Needy – 6IP
August 24, 2012: Matt Wisler – 6IP
August 25, 2012: Erik Cabrera – 5 1/3 IP
Both Needy and Wisler are now in the starting rotation at Advanced-A Lake Elsinore, while Cabrera started the year in Fort Wayne’s rotation. He has since moved to the bullpen, with Ruben Mejia taking his spot in the starting rotation. It’ll be Mejia on the bump today for the first time this year to start a game, and it will be his first start since the last day of the 2012 regular season on September 3rd at Bowling Green.
I hope you’ll be able to join us either at the park or by watching at home. Kent Hormann and I will be joined on the telecast by 1994 Fort Wayne Wizards pitcher Javier DeJesus, who played 10 years in the minor leagues. It’ll be a fun one. First pitch is at 7:05, and we hit the air on XFINITY 81 at 7:00.
If you can’t get home to watch, make sure to tune into Mike Maahs and John Nolan on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com. Their coverage starts at 6:45.
Hear Jose Valentin’s thoughts on yesterday’s 3-2 win:
Over on WFFT-TV, the sports department of Randy Ziemnik and Courney King does a weekly segment on the team, and this past Friday I talked with Courtney about the great start to the season:
Andrew McMahon…take it away!