Hoping at Home, Renfroe’s Arrival


A three-game series in South Bend concluded with a clang Friday night for the TinCaps. They extended their post-three-game winning streak loss tally to three straight with a 7-6 defeat. Things were looking good early as they got out to a 1-0 lead, but Joe Ross’ shortest outing of the year, just 2 1/3 innings, helped South Bend get out to a 5-1 lead after two innings. The TinCaps put runners on second and third in the eighth with no outs, down by one, but couldn’t push a run across. From the bright side of things, both Brian Adams and Rodney Daa hit home runs. The longball for Adams was hit first since May 13th.

Tonight Fort Wayne opens a three-game series with the Dayton Dragons, a team battling for a playoff spot.  Last these two teams squared off, the Dragons swept the TinCaps in three games at Fifth Third Field. All three series that these two teams have played this year have resulted in sweeps, with Fort Wayne pulling off the feat once at home and once on the road. This is the second and final trip to Parkview Field for Dayton this season.

The TinCaps send Walker Weickel to the bump. He’ll try and re-establish a steady course for the S.S. Weickel, which has gone 1-2 in his last seven starts to the tune of an 8.69 ERA. He’s opposed by Amir Garrett, who has played two years of college basketball for St. John’s and intends to continue his collegiate hoops career at Cal-State Northridge this coming season. An interesting story, for certain.

Kent Hormann and I are back on XFINITY 81 tonight at 7:00, while John Nolan and Mike Maahs have you covered on the radio side of things on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com.


To hear Mike Maahs’ chat with South Bend Tribune sportswriter Curt Rallo, listen to today’s TinCaps Report Podcast:


As the TinCaps bus rolled through the night Thursday into Friday from South Bend to Fort Wayne, news spread like wildfire that there would be a change to the roster. That change was a good one, as outfielder Corey Adamson earned himself a promotion to Advanced-A Lake Elsinore, and the TinCaps received a new outfielder.

That outfielder’s name is Hunter Renfroe, and he was selected in the first round, 13th overall, this June by the San Diego Padres. Renfroe’s offensive numbers jump off the page between his junior season at Mississippi State and the start of his professional career at Eugene.

Hunter Renfroe takes his cuts with the Short-Season Eugene Emeralds. (Photo courtesy of the Eugene Emeralds Media Relations Department)

Hunter Renfroe takes his cuts with the Short-Season Eugene Emeralds. (Photo courtesy of the Eugene Emeralds Media Relations Department)

This past season for the Bulldogs, Renfroe hit .352 with 15 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 58 RBI, 51 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 59 games played. Renfroe’s 15 home runs were tied for 14thmost in Division I, as he earned All-American honors and led Mississippi State to their first-ever College World Series Finals.

After debuting with Eugene on July 11, Renfroe hit .308 in 25 games with 4 home runs and 18 RBI. On Tuesday, the Crystal Springs, Mississippi, native played in the Northwest League All-Star Game and came through with the game-winning hit in the ninth inning.

Renfroe is scheduled to bat third in the lineup tonight and play right field. He should get a pretty warm welcome to Fort Wayne, with a large crowd expected on hand tonight.


Lady Gaga…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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