Memorial Day Weekend is supposed to signify the start of summer. Only it doesn’t feel that way in many cities across the country right now. My family back in New Jersey went to last night’s Mets game at Citi Field and reportedly saw snow flurries(!). On Memorial Day Weekend. And due to their graphic nature, we’ll spare you images from New England where snow actually did fall.
Fortunately for the TinCaps, they’re down in Bowling Green, KY, where the weather today is pretty comfortable in the seventies.
Now the unfortunate side of things for the TinCaps: They’re figuratively cold — losers of five straight.
In Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to the Hot Rods, the TinCaps pumped out 10 hits, but went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. During their five-game losing streak, Fort Wayne has hit 6-for-42 (.143) with runners in scoring position and stranded 39. Before this slump started, the TinCaps were hitting .257 as a team in those spots.
Mallex Smith homered last night for the first time since opening day at Great Lakes — 117 at-bats later. Meanwhile, Stephen Carmon homered for the first time as a TinCap, in his 120th at-bat of the year. The only other homer in Carmon’s young career as a pro came on July 8 a season ago for short-season Eugene. That spans 207 total at-bats between homers for the 5-foot-7 slugger.
EASY AS PIE FOR SHEPHERD
Reliever Matthew Shepherd set a career high Saturday with five strikeouts in only two innings of work. Shepherd struck out each of the final five batters he faced. The righty, who was selected in the 31st round of last June’s draft, has fanned 28 in 32.2 innings on the season, while sporting a 3.03 ERA and a 3-0 record. Perhaps just as encouraging for Shepherd, he hasn’t walked a batter in back-to-back appearances or in five of his last seven outings. Before that, the former Tennessee Tech star had walked at least one in seven consecutive games.
Here’s my chat from earlier this afternoon with manager José Valentín, who talks about how the TinCaps can get things back on track.
Even if it doesn’t feel like summer yet wherever you may be, hopefully this song helps put you into a summer mood. (Note: This music video is more unintentionally hilarious than you could ever hope for.) Wham!, take it away…