Rained Out, Maxx Turns 22, Weickel’s Fashion

The TinCaps return to action tonight at 7:00 at Fifth Third field in Dayton, Ohio, as they take on the Dayton Dragons in game one of a three-game series.

Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons.

Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons.

Last night the TinCaps were rained out at West Michigan, in what would have been the final game of a three-game series. Although the rain stopped at about 8:00, for what was supposed to have been a 7:00 first pitch, the field was deemed unplayable after much review and the game was officially called at 9:38, making for a nearly three-hour wait. That meant that the TinCaps bus arrived in Dayton around 3:30 AM. Don’t mind a few yawns and eye-rubs tonight as they take the field.

Courtesy of John Nolan, roaming photographer (and occasional gnome) here are some pictures of the rain delay “action” last night:

Matt Shepherd, Max Fried and others playing cards in the clubhouse at West Michigan.

Matt Shepherd, Max Fried and others playing cards in the clubhouse at West Michigan.

Whitecaps VP Jim Jarecki talks with umpires Sam Vogt and Tim Hromada about the field conditions.

Whitecaps VP Jim Jarecki talks with umpires Sam Vogt and Tim Hromada about the field conditions.

Tonight the TinCaps take on a Dragons team that’s playing pretty well lately. They are 13-10 in July and despite losing their last series against Lansing, they’ve won all of their other series since July 1st. They haven’t lost back-to-back games since July 2-3. Dayton is still fighting for a playoff spot, having not qualified in the first half, and currently sit three games back of playoff-race-leading Great Lakes.

Look out for Seth Mejias-Brean, Dayton’s cleanup-hitting first baseman, who is leading all of professional baseball in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) this month at 1.224.

All that said, the Dragons still haven’t beaten the TinCaps this year, with Fort Wayne a perfect 6-0 against Dayton in 2013.

I’ll be joined by John Nolan tonight for all the action, with our pre-game coverage getting underway at 6:40 on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com. We hope you can join us.

BACK AT IT

Thanks to John Nolan for filling in for me the last few days as the TinCaps took on the Whitecaps up in Michigan. Although I was down at Disney World, I was working. I promise.

I had the privilege of calling the AAU Super Showcase on ESPNU, along with Paul Biancardi, Dave Telep and Andy Katz.

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I’ll be on assignment a few more times next month, when you’ll get a full Nine Innings of Nolan (copyright pending) once again. It’s good to be back with the TinCaps and call some Midwest League Baseball.

PODCAST

In today’s TinCaps Report Podast, John Nolan catches up with Maxx Tissenbaum, who just celebrated his 22nd birthday:

CONTEMPORARY FASHION

TinCaps pitcher Walker Weickel, easily the fashion leader of the clubhouse, might have set fashion back a few decades today with his outfit, even if it is rather patriotic:

Photo taken by master artist, TinCaps pitcher Matt Chabot.

Photo taken by master artist, TinCaps pitcher Matt Chabot.

Then again, I guess you can’t knock his creativity, either:

So, basically this?

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Just kidding, Walker. Do you.

MUSICAL GUEST

The Fray…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

MCsig

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