Starting Early

When baseball teams play an 11 AM game, each person in the clubhouse has their favorite part about that day. For some people, it’s getting onto the field earlier than they usually do. For others, it’s when the game is over.

Today it turned out the TinCaps fell into the latter camp, as they lost, 4-2, to South Bend in the opener of a four-game series.

Fresh off an off-day, the TinCaps bats were sluggish, as they went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. By the ti the third inning was over, the TinCaps had already stranded six runners on base. It just wouldn’t be their day, as they didn’t get production from their big spots like leadoff (Mallex Smith, 0-4) or cleanup (Dane Phillips, 0-5).

This series and the next are vital to Fort Wayne’s playoff hopes here in the first half, as the TinCaps trail both South Bend and Bowling Green, who they play this weekend, in the Eastern Division standings. After today’s loss, Fort Wayne trails the Silver Hawks by 1.5 games, and it’s to be determined as to how far behind theyll be in regard to Bowling Green, which has a doubleheader against last-place Great Lakes later today.

A few notable numbers today for the TinCaps:

-Maxx Tissenbaum drove in both of the team’s runs, and hit his first home run of the year. It was the first homer for Tissenbaum since July 28, 2012, when he was with the Eugene Emeralds.

-Fort Wayne hadn’t lost a game with Max Fried on the hill, but is now 6-1 in his seven starts. Fried had not allowed a home run in his first six starts, but allowed two today.

-The TinCaps are now 0-3 against South Bend this season, after going 9-13 against the Silver Hawks last year.

Tomorrow’s double-header is a big matchup for the TinCaps, in a make-up of a game that was rained-out April 18th at South Bend. First pitch is at 6:05. Hope to have you along on XFINITY 81 and The Fan 1380.

PODCAST

To hear John Nolan’s chat with one of the newest members of the TinCaps bullpen, Matt Chabot, listen to the podcast below:

MUSICAL GUEST

Stone Temple Pilots…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

MCsig

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