Two Weeks to Play
WELCOME TO LANSING
The TinCaps enjoyed an off day yesterday, and return to action tonight at 7:05 to take on the Lansing Lugnuts. Fort Wayne currently holds a 3.5 game lead in the Eastern Division wild-card race over third-place Bowling Green, with only 13 games left in the first half. This is a relatively hot Lansing team that the TinCaps encounter, as the Lugnuts have won four straight, the longest winning streak in the league at the moment.
It’s the first visit of the season to Cooley Law School Stadium since September 6, 2012, when Fort Wayne made a furious late-innings rally to beat Lansing and eliminate the team with the best regular-season record from the playoffs. (Box score) In that game, the TinCaps went down, 6-0, after Matt Wisler failed to finish the fourth inning, but they scored four runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth to make the comeback complete. Current TinCaps outfielder Jeremy Baltz went 1-for-4 in that game, and also knocked in a run.
I’ll chat with Jeremy today about that game, and about some big news he got today. You can hear our conversation on The Fan 1380 in Fort Wayne and TheFanFortWayne.com everywhere else at 6:50. What’s that news, you ask? Keep reading!
PARTY OF FIVE
The Midwest League announced its 2013 All-Star selection today, and five TinCaps players are on the roster. They are:
OF Jeremy Baltz
RHP Roman Madrid
C Dane Phillips
RHP Joe Ross
1B Luis Tejada
Congratulations to all of those players who will be headed down to Dayton, Ohio for the All-Star Game festivities the night of June 18th. Don’t forget that Mike Maahs and John Nolan will be broadcasting live from the All-Star game on The Fan 1380.
Here’s the official release that we posted to TinCaps.com earlier today about the All-Star selections:
Baltz, 22, is the only TinCaps player named a starter for the Midwest League’s mid-summer classic. The Vestal, NY, native leads Fort Wayne in RBI with 33 and is tied for the team lead in home runs with five, while hitting .268.
Phillips, 22, has the second highest batting average (.280) on the TinCaps. The left-handed hitter from Nacogdoches, TX, has also belted three home runs and driven in 10 runs.
Tejada, 20, is hitting .235 with one home run and 20 RBI. The product of Constanza, Dominican Republic, was named San Diego’s Minor League Defensive Player of the Month for April.
Ross, 20, was the first TinCaps pitcher to win three games this season. With a 3.42 ERA, Ross has struck out 42 batters in 52 and 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, Madrid, 22, has appeared in more games (22) than any other pitcher in the Midwest League this season and is third in saves (10). Opposing batters have a mere .156 average against Madrid, who has only allowed one earned run in 26 and 2/3 innings. Besides boasting a 0.34 ERA, the closer from Victoria, TX, also leads Fort Wayne in wins with five.
If you aren’t the type to Tweet or Facebook, then you’ve missed some big TinCaps-related news in the last few days. Friday, June 13th is social media night at Parkview Field, and these are the jerseys the team will be wearing that night:
All of the Twitter handles on the jersey are a mix of approximately 6,000 of the TinCaps followers on Twitter. If you follow the team, it’s highly likely that you could find your name on this jersey. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to TinCaps Creative Director Tony DesPlaines who did a lot of work in putting this jersey together. It’s certainly something to be proud of.
Miley Cyrus…take it away!