Walk-Off Wins, It’s a Small World

It took the span of one inning for Fort Wayne’s Diego Goris to go from goat to glory Tuesday night at Parkview Field. In the top of the 10th inning in a 4-4 game, Goris misplayed a routine grounder hit his way, allowing Lansing to score and take a 5-4 lead. But in the bottom of the 10th inning, and with two outs, Goris totally redeemed himself with a two-run base hit to win the game for the TinCaps.

Goris told me in our postgame interview that he was trying to do whatever he could to help his team win, which usually involves helping cheer from the dugout. He’s normally the first infielder off the bench to spell either Maxx Tissenbaum, Stephen Carmon or Gabriel Quintana. An injury to Quintana put Goris in the lineup last night.

With 20 games to go in the first half, the TinCaps are now just one game back of second-place Bowling Green for a playoff spot. Fort Wayne could have gained more ground last night, but the Hot Rods were rained out.

Riding a three-game winning streak, the TinCaps turn to Zach Eflin tonight at 7:05. We’ll have coverage on XFINITY 81 at 7:00 and on The Fan 1380 at 6:45.

IT’S A SMALL WORLD

So I had breakfast at the world-famous Cindy’s Diner this morning in downtown Fort Wayne. Love it. Some great pancakes and sausage, and I feel a food coma-induced nap coming shortlzzzzzzz

::30 minutes later::

I ate with TinCaps radio broadcaster Mike Maahs, his wife, Sue, and the Lansing radio duo of Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Slavko Bekovic, two upstanding gentlemen from out of town. I was the first one to arrive, and right as I sit down I let the waitress know that I’m meeting some folks.

“Is it Jesse?” she asks.

Mind. Blown.

Jesse is famous here in Fort Wayne. But then again, Jesse knows everyone in the Midwest League. Over breakfast we were discussing the food at Great Lakes’ Dow Diamond, and he name drops their head chef. Incredible.

If you don’t know Jesse, you should get to know him. The easiest way to do that, other than storming the press box when he’s here, is to buy his book, The Baseball ThesaurusI promise, it’s a literary treasure.

In another “small world” item, Slavko, Jesse’s radio partner, knows the one and only Michael Cousins, he of the “Sugar” story, which got me my nickname here with the TinCaps. (If you’re not familiar, here’s the background: http://tincaps.mlblogs.com/2012/03/27/stuart-scott-said-my-name-on-sportscenter/) Can’t make this stuff up.

PODCAST

To hear more about Jesse’s book, and why he wanted to write a baseball thesaurus, listen to his conversation with Mike Maahs:

MUSICAL GUEST

Maroon 5…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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