Saturday Night News, Fortune Cookie Comes to Fruition, Fort Wayne in Futures
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.
News hardly ever develops on Saturday nights, especially in the summer. Last night, though, was an exception. While the TinCaps lost 7-1 at Beloit in a rather uneventful game, three major stories broke Saturday night in three different realms of interest.
The most significant story came out of story Sanford, Fla., where George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. Then in the entertainment world, Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. And in baseball — where we’ll keep our focus — Tim Lincecum used 148 pitches to no-hit the Padres.
While a no-hitter captivates most fans for the brilliance of the pitching performance, what excites me just as much as a broadcaster is to hear how it was called. Here’s Jon Miller with the Giants TV call of the final out. Miller, 61, the former longtime voice of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, is a pro’s pro so it’s no surprise that he captured the moment superbly.
I can’t find a link to it yet, but I also watched how the final out was called by Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg, another classic broadcaster. Enberg, 78, didn’t break out his patented, “Oh, my!” It was actually pretty cool how he called it. After setting up the final batter, Yonder Alonso, Enberg didn’t utter any words until the ball was in the glove of Gregor Blanco in left field. Six pitches were thrown in between, taking up a couple of minutes, and Enberg just let the crowd and the pictures do the talking. In broadcasting terms, that’s called “laying out.” On TV, in particular, less is often more.
Timmy’s no-no was certainly more dramatic than the TinCaps no-hitter earlier this season against Great Lakes on May 9. The odd thing about Fort Wayne’s first ever nine-inning no-hitter wasn’t that it took four pitchers, but that when the 27th out was recorded by Roman Madrid, there was no celebrating because the game was 0-0. (In case you forgot, Fort Wayne walked off in the bottom of the ninth thanks to Brian Adams drawing a bases-loaded walk.)
THE FORTUNE COOKIE COMES TO FRUITION
Last night’s pregame guest was the winning pitcher in Friday’s 8-6, 13-inning game: Matt Chabot. Take a listen below to my conversation with Matt about what he was doing during the 9th inning. (Hint: It wasn’t preparing to pitch the 11th, 12th, and 13th.) Matt also shares what the fortune cookie that he had at lunch on Friday said
FORT WAYNE ALUM IN FUTURES GAME
Today at Citi Field, as part of the All-Star festivities, is the Futures Game pitting the United States against the World. Catcher Austin Hedges, a 2012 TinCap, will be representing San Diego on the U.S. roster. The now-Advanced-A Lake Elsinore star is penciled in to start behind the plate and bat ninth. Joining Hedges in the game, but on the opposing side is another 2012 TinCap, Yeison Asencio. Last year Asencio became the first Fort Wayne player to win the Midwest League batting title, hitting .323. He’s now with Double-A San Antonio. Outfielder Reymond Fuentes is the third Padres’ prospect participating, but the current Double-A standout never played in Fort Wayne.
Two players from the Midwest League are in the game, too. Bowling Green (Tampa Bay) starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri, who the TinCaps have faced twice this season, and Beloit (Oakland) starting pitcher Michael Ynoa are both in the game.
Guerrieri, a first-rounder in 2012, is 6-2 with a 2.08 ERA. However, Fort Wayne actually fared well against him both times. The TinCaps beat the 20-year old in April and scored four runs against him on Memorial Day in a game that he received a no-decision but the TinCaps won.
Ynoa was called up to Advanced-A two weeks ago after going 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 15 starts.
Hang in there, Gleeks…
Thanks as always for reading. Feel free to be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you can catch tonight’s game on The Fan 1380 or TheFanFortWayne.com. Coverage starts at 2:40 EST.