All Four the W, Boiler Called Up, Lay of the Land in Beloit

Editor’s Note: Despite rumors suggesting otherwise, Mike Couzens isn’t lactose intolerant and he isn’t milking his vacation days. He just couldn’t make the trip to Wisconsin. So once again, it’s the Lenny Harris of It’s All Relative, John Nolan.

The TinCaps needed four hours worth of baseball to pull it off, but Fort Wayne made sure it didn’t leave Fox Cities Stadium without a win on Friday night. Despite coughing up three separate leads, including when the Timber Rattlers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, the TinCaps proved victorious, 8-6, in 13 innings.

Second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum put it well after the game on Twitter:

Wow, what an effort tonight!! Took us 13 but damn we finally got it done, awesome team win! @Tincaps off to Beloit looking for 3 more #RoadW

There were contributions from all over the place, including from reliever Matt Chabot – a guy who only pitched in non-pressure spots for his first month-plus with the team, but who kept the T-Rats off the board in the 11th, 12th, and 13th to earn the W. Matt joined us for tonight’s pregame show.

But last night we spoke to the newest TinCap, Eric Charles, who replaces Luis Tejada (DL). Eric went to high school in Zionsville, IN, (two hours southwest of Fort Wayne) and then Purdue. So he’s actually played at Parkview Field before with the Boiler Makers. Listen to our conversation with an exhausted from travel but excited Eric below. You may be surprised to hear where he spent part of his childhood growing up outside of Indiana:

WELCOME TO POHLMAN FIELD

The TinCaps are now in Beloit, Wisconsin, just north of the Illinois border. Check out a few photos of the landscape here:

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Our view from the press box.

Our view from the press box.

A peak inside the visiting clubhouse.

A peak inside the visiting clubhouse.

From the left-field corner in Any Town, USA.

From the left-field corner in Any Town, USA.

MUSICAL GUEST

The setup here in Beloit reminds me a bit of the Cape Cod Baseball League where I worked for the Falmouth Commodores in the summer of 2011. The biggest difference between Beloit and Cape Cod would just be that the Atlantic Ocean is about 1,100 miles further. Anyway, I can’t think of my summer in Cape Cod without hearing country music playing. As it is, they play country during BP here in the Midwest, too. So with that thought in mind, Zac Brown Band, take it away…

Thanks as always for reading. Feel free to be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email: nolan@tincaps.com. Hope you can catch tonight’s game on The Fan 1380 orTheFanFortWayne.com. Coverage starts at 7:40 EST.

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