Sunday in Eastlake
Fort Wayne’s got an early one today on Sunday, with a first pitch scheduled for 1:30 against Lake County. Yesterday was a phenomenal win for the TinCaps, as they defeated the Captains, 5-0, in the opening contest of a three-game series. The TinCaps had eight hits by the time the fourth inning was through, and finished with 13 total. Mallex Smith, who has struggled in the month of June, went 4-for-5 in the leadoff, spot, and he’ll be hitting there again today.
Max Fried and the pitching staff stole the show, though. Fried, on a limited pitch count, went five innings and only surrendered two hits. The rest of the way, Colin Rea, Chris Nunn and Roman Madrid only allowed one hit between the thre of them. That was the type of outing that Manager Jose Valentin has been looking for.
Coming up on today’s pre-game show (1:10 on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com), I’ll ask him about his overall thoughts on this month, which has seen the TinCaps:
-Clinch a playoff berth
-Lose Jeremy Baltz and Justin Hancock due to promotion
-Have Adys Portillo for three starts
-Lose Alberth Martinez to injury
-Gain 2012 TinCaps 2B Tyler Stubblefield back from independent baseball
-And much more
We’ll also talk about his lineup shake-up on Thursday and the reasoning behind it, and about Matt Shepherd’s coming move into the Fort Wayne starting rotation.
Talk to you on the radio!
TINCAPS REPORT PODCAST
In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, I ask Mallex Smith about his role as a leadoff hitter, the development of his bunting skills, and ask him to rank from favorite to least favorite: Christmas Eve, batting practice, Cool Ranch Doritos and a warm shower. His answer might surprise you.
Mumford and Sons…take it away! (That sounds like a moving company when you say it that way)