Highs and Lows
Just after 6:45 last night, here was the scene at Parkview Field:
Luis Tejada had delivered the TinCaps to a walk-off win, one which almost no one would have predicted the night before. Fort Wayne’s game against West Michigan was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday night, meaning the 7-4 Whitecaps lead would be defended Saturday afternoon. That lay-off worked out in Fort Wayne’s favor, as they scored four runs against West Michigan closer Jose Valdez, who had been a perfect 12-for-12 in save opportunities prior to yesterday. The walk-off win was the sixth of the year for the TinCaps, after they’d had only one all of last season.
Game two was a bit of a different story. Fort Wayne fell behind 2-0 after four innings, and mustered just one run on a Brian Adams RBI groundout in the fifth inning.
“We scored four runs without an out in less than thirty minutes, and we only scored one run in the second game in nine innings. It’s hard to explain,” said TinCaps Manager Jose Valentin.
Fort Wayne went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, and failed to do quite as well against Whitecaps starter Endrys Briceno as they had the first time they saw him. The 21-year-old gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings against the TinCaps on April 10th, but yesterday went six innings and allowed only one run.
Nevertheless, with 15 games to play in the first half, Fort Wayne leads Bowling Green by 1.5 games for the wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Division. The cumulative record of Fort Wayne’s remaining first-half opponents is 92-120 (.434). Bowling Green’s remaining opponents have a .455 winning percentage (101-121). Not much of a disparity there, but the TinCaps do have more home games, which is huge for a team that’s gone 18-10 at home and 13-13 on the road.
APROPOS OF NOTHING
Here’s a picture that TinCaps clubhouse manager AJ Bridges passed along to me. This is right out of the 1993 Fort Wayne Wizards game program:
Recognize anyone in the picture on the right side? (Hint: I work with him on the TinCaps TV broadcasts.)
Two for the price of one today:
First, Mike Maahs chats with TinCaps Groundskeeper Keith Winter about how the Parkview Field playing surface handled Friday night’s rain:
And we hear post-game thoughts from Jose Valentin after Saturday’s action:
ANOTHER, MUCH FUNNIER PODCAST
Padres farmhand Cody Decker is currently a member of the Triple-A Tucson Padres, and apparently a world traveler, too. In a recent interview he did with T-Pads radio guy Tim Hagerty, Decker shows off accents from England, Scotland, Russia and Australia. Props to Cody, who played briefly with the TinCaps in 2009, for the Shakespeare reference:
Avril Lavigne…take it away!