The TinCaps’ six-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night, as they lost, 3-2, to the first-place Bowling Green Hot Rods at Parkview Field.
Joe Ross had what in any other game against any other team would be a pretty good start–6IP, 5H, 3ER, 2BB, 7K–but this wasn’t any team. Bowling Green is a pesky group that finds way s to get on base and is able to manufacture runs unlike any other team in the Eastern Division. They steal bases seemingly at will (81% of the time they’re successful) and don’t hit many home runs, but they get timely hits.
One of the biggest plays of the game, although it didn’t necessarily seem like it at the time, was a wild pitch that he threw with Tyler Goeddel at the plate in the third inning. Joey Rickard had led off the inning with a single up the middle, and the wild pitch allowed him to go to second base.
Jose Valentin said after the game that it appeared Ross had mistaken a pick-off signal from the dugout for a pitch-out signal, which led to the wild pitch. As it turned out, Goeddel followed with a single to left, and the next batter, Luke Maile, singled to right, scoring Rickard. With a final score of 3-2, that turned out to be the game’s deciding run. Ross finished the inning smoothly after that, striking out Justin O’Conner and inducing a double play off the bat of Tommy Coyle. That miscommunication, however, ended up being costly, as did Fort Wayne’s lack of timely hitting.
“Today the clutch hit never came,” Valentin said after his team went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
The eighth and ninth innings were especially crucial for Fort Wayne. They had the bases loaded and nobody out with Gabriel Quintana at the plate, where a base hit could have tied the game, with the TinCaps trailing, 3-1. Quintana instead grounded into a double play, bringing home a run, but killing any chance at a big rally. With the tying run on third, Luis Tejada meekly popped out to second, ending the inning. Alberth Martinez came up in the ninth inning with the tying run at second base, but struck out to end the game.
Today it’s a battle of first-rounders on the hill as the TinCaps and Hot Rods square off at 11:05. Max Fried, who went 5 2/3 innings last start without giving up a hit, faces Blake Snell of Bowling Green. Snell, who was a supplemental first-round pick of the Rays in 2011, has allowed a first-inning run in five of six starts this season. In the first inning, Snell has surrendered eight total runs. In every other inning outside the first, Snell has surrendered four total runs. (That stat courtesy of the Bowling Green Media Relations Department, also known as the one and only Hank Fuerst.)
From the other side of the tracks, the TinCaps are a perfect 5-0 with Fried on the mound. Who will be the victor?
We meant of this baseball game, Mr. Hugo, but thanks for the offer.
You’ll have to tune in (or show up) to find out. Join me and Kent Hormann on XFINITY 81 at 11:00 or check out John Nolan and Mike Maahs on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com at 10:45.
TROLLEY TO THE GAME
The TinCaps are offering a new service today, where you can park for free and ride to the game on a trolley. It’ll be just like you’re on an episode of Full House! I know what you’re saying, “Cut. It. Out.”
But we’re for real. Here are the details of how you can park and ride for free:
Those attending the Fort Wayne TinCaps 11:05am day game on Wednesday, May 15th will have an additional parking option. The team announced that they will be providing free parking located at 2400 West Jefferson Boulevard, adjacent to SweetCars and Westwood Lanes. Once game attendees have parked, they will be transported to Parkview Field by trolley directly to the South Gate of the ballpark.
The lot at 2400 West Jefferson Boulevard will be open for service at 10:00am with trolleys running every 15 minutes. Drop off will take place directly in front of the South Gate at Parkview Field. Trolleys will continue running until 45 minutes after the final out of Wednesday’s TinCaps game.
To hear post-game thoughts from TinCaps Manager Jose Valentin, listen to the podcast below:
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