Sometimes It Rains
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”
On Tuesday afternoon, not only did the TinCaps win, 7-5, but it also rained. It rained on just two people though:
The aquatically obscured man to my left in this photo is Alberth Martinez, who hit a game-winning grand slam Tuesday, taking the TinCaps from a 5-3 deficit and giving them a 7-5 lead. It was the second home run in two days for Martinez, who has had a resurgence in Fort Wayne this season.
“So far he’s been kind of battling it the last couple of days,” said Manager Jose Valentin of Martinez, “You never know what to expect from him because sometimes he gives you some good at bats and sometimes he goes up and swings at everything. He had a pretty good plan this time. He worked the count and he got a pitch where he could do some damage.”
While it was an odd experience doing my post-game show yesterday with my pants soaking wet after taking on a half-cooler of water during my interview with Martinez, it was fun. I smelled like a mix of wet dog and shaving cream (Martinez got shaving cream to the face, too) but I realized something more important about this team–they’re having fun.
“I saw that these guys never quit, they play hard,” Valentin said. “The chemistry in the clubhouse is real good. They care for each other and try to get better every day. They are young and they are going to make mistakes, but one thing about those guys is they like to work hard and get better. We’re kind of inconsistent right now but it’s not too bad but I’m happy with it because I see the effort.”
This homestand that just concluded saw Fort Wayne go 4-2, and pick up two walk-off wins and an exciting Tuesday finish. The TinCaps are a fantastic 10-3 at home, and have won all four of their series at Parkview Field. Meanwhile, they’re just 4-7 on the road, and three of those wins came against Great Lakes in the first three games of the season.
Now it will be incumbent upon Fort Wayne, which today embarks on a six-game road trip to Burlington and then Peoria, to win on the road. Burlington, now an Angels affiliate following an offseason affiliation change, has lost seven of its last 10, dropping its record to 9-12.
The Bees defeated Dayton last night, 4-0, but played the game in Dayton, meaning they likely had a long overnight bus ride back to Iowa. Fort Wayne, much to the relief of the dirty laundry pile accumulating in my bedroom, left today at 6 a.m. to head to Burlington. We’re fortunate to have a bus not only with electrical outlets, but also with WiFi, so that I can blog away. These are the little things in Minor League Baseball that make a broadcaster smile. That, and a continental breakfast at the team hotel.
Speaking of team hotels, the one at which the TinCaps stay in Burlington is called “Pzazz!”, and it features a casino, waterpark, bowling lanes and apparently some type of nightlife venue that will be hosting the group “Stache”:
Yeaaahhhhh…nobody’s going to go to that show.
I will fill you in more on the casino/waterpark/bowling alley, alternatively known as Watersino Alley, over the course of our three-day stay.
Tonight, after about a six-hour bus ride out West, Joe Ross will take the hill for the TinCaps. He’s a perfect 3-0 to begin the year, and having him start this game could be extremely beneficial for Fort Wayne as it looks to assert dominance on the road. The Bees are hitting just .234 as a team, which ranks 14th out of the 16 teams in the league, (Dayton is hitting a league-worst .215) compared to Fort Wayne’s .272, which is fifth in the circuit.
I hope you’ll join me for tonight’s broadcast from Burlington, which will get underway at 7:10 EDT. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 EDT. You can hear the game on The Fan 1380 in Fort Wayne, and TheFanFortWayne.com everywhere else.
To hear Manager Jose Valentin’s full comments from after the game, listen to the podcast below:
Florida Georgia Line and Nelly…take it away!