Walk-Off Loss, One-Pitch Strikeout, $180 for What?

Back-to-back wins proved elusive for the TinCaps Thursday at Lake County, as they lost, 3-2, on a walk-off fielder’s choice by Dorssys Paulino. Tough way for that one to break, especially the considering Fort Wayne held a 2-0 lead through the first six innings of the game.

Max Fried pitched good, but not his best, over six innings. His curveball control eluded him for the most part, and he relied on his fastball for his four strikeouts. Joe Church entered in relief in the seventh and gave up two runs. Jorge Guzman pitched a perfect eighth, but was doomed by a leadoff double in the ninth, which ultimately led to Todd Hankins scoring the game-winning run.

The loss was the first time that an opponent has had a walk-off win against the TinCaps this season. Unfortunately, it was the second come-from-behind win for the Captains in three days. They won, 10-9, Tuesday after trailing, 8-1, and then did it again yesterday. The season series between these two teams was an even 8-8 last year, and right now it’s at 9-8 in favor of Fort Wayne, with today’s game the last time these two are scheduled to meet during the regular season. Last year that 8-8 number was more significant, though, as these two teams were neck-and-neck-and-neck with West Michigan for the second-half wild-card spot.

Tonight’s game is a 7:00 start time, and I’ll be on the air at 6:40 with pre-game coverage on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com. Hope to have you along.


To hear my Thursday pre-game chat with the long-time play-by-play voice of the Lake County Captains, listen to today’s TinCaps Report Podcast:


Fort Wayne will face Captains pitcher Robbie Aviles in tonight’s series finale, and Aviles, like many other pitchers in Minor League Baseball, has undergone Tommy John Surgery, which repairs the ulnar collateral ligament in the pitcher’s throwing arm. Unfortunately for Aviles, it happened to him in high school prior to the MLB draft, likely costing him a lot of money when it came time to sign with a team.

Here’s this excerpt from a piece in The Journal NewsAviles’ hometown paper in New York:

Robbie Aviles has learned a lot since joining the Indians’ organization. Time off is necessary, even for the pros: The Indians’ throwing program does not start until Jan. 1, which gives pitchers two to three months off.

But just because pitchers aren’t throwing in game situations, it doesn’t mean they can’t continue to strengthen their arms.

“You really have to train your arm to be able to throw that much. It’s like any other muscle in your body; you have to build it up,” Robbie Aviles said. “I would say the shoulder program is the No. 1 thing that not many high school kids do that I think would be the most beneficial to them.”

Aviles said long tossing is a big part of building arm strength, as are lightweight shoulder exercises that build up the rotator cuff and scapular. 

This game will be just the ninth start of the season for Aviles. He faced the TinCaps in his first outing of the year, pitching four scoreless innings and earning a win.


Last night’s Texas League (Double-A) game between Midland and Corpus Christi featured a strikeout during which the pitcher only threw one strike. How’s that possible, you ask?

Well, it all starts with Midland’s Vinnie Catricala:

Vinnie, disagreeing with a called strike one, stepped out of the batter’s box. Home plate umpire Ron Teague ordered Catricala to get back in the box and, when Vinnie didn’t get back in, Teague called an “automatic strike” (which is the umpire’s discretionary right). A third automatic strike followed, after which Vinnie (who had now struck out on “one pitch”) was ejected.

We’ve seen plenty of opportunities for a four-strikeout inning (when a batter reaches base on a strikeout/wild pitch), but I can’t say I’ve ever seen that one happen. Teague was a Midwest League umpire last year, and was injured by the backswing of Lansing’s Kevin Patterson in a game against Fort Wayne. That put him on the shelf for about a week, but he was eventually promoted to Advanced-A. Good rulebook knowledge, Mr. Teague.

$180 FOR WHAT???

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by anything these days, but this story from New York City really took the cake on my Twitter timeline this morning:

NEW YORK (AP) — Bird poop for beauty?

That’s what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180 a pop.

About 100 women and men go into the Shizuka New York skin care salon, just off Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, each month to get the treatment, which is promoted as a way to keep the face soft and smooth using an enzyme in the poop to gently exfoliate the skin.

And there’s more!

On a recent afternoon in Manhattan, Mari Miyoshi arrived at the sixth-floor Shizuka New York spa to try the treatment for the first time.

“I’m a stressed-out New Yorker,” the 35-year-old occupational therapist announced as she reclined on a table, relaxing amid aromas of camellia, lavender and rose.

The story should really just end there, or at least that’s where you should stop reading. By Miyoshi’s logic, stressed out New Yorker = poop facial. What do people in Chicago, Los Angeles or Dallas do when they’re stressed? Actually, I take that question back….

The treatment begins with steam to open the pores and soften the skin. Cream is applied. And then comes what Bernstein calls “the nightingale part.”

She pours the cream-colored poop, dried and finely ground, into a bowl, mixing it with the rice bran using a small spatula. She applies the potion to Miyoshi’s face with a brush, rubbing it in with her hands.

Does it smell?

“Yes, but like toasted rice,” Miyoshi said.

Oh, so that makes it OK.


Foo Fighters…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.


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