News and Notes, Programming Info, What Happened

The four-day road trip to Midland, Michigan, was a successful one for the TinCaps, who took three out of four games from the Great Lakes Loons, earning just their fourth series victory here in the second half, one where the TinCaps have resided in the basement of the Midwest League for a significant period of time. Tonight Fort Wayne returns home to Parkview Field for a three-game series against the South Bend Silver Hawks, who have been their arch nemesis this season. The TinCaps are a dismal 2-14 against the Silver Hawks this year…but both of the Fort Wayne wins have come at Parkview Field.

Some notes before we get things rolling today:

-Mallex Smith stole three bases last night, giving him the Midwest League lead in that category. Andrew Toles of Bowling Green has 56. Smith, with 13 games to play, is only eight stolen bases away from tying the franchise record for a single season. It was most recently accomplished by Rymer Liriano in 2011, when he stole 65 bags.

-Both Diego Goris and Alberth Martinez homered last night. Martinez now leads the team with 10 home runs, and is only one shy of matching the team high for last season, when Lee Orr had 11.

-The hottest bats of all right now are Reynaldo Bruguera and Gabriel Quintana. Bruguera, the infielder, is hitting .387 (12-31) over his last nine games, while Quintana is at .341 (15-44) with seven RBI in his last 10 games. Bruguera’s hot play means Jose Valentin has to keep him in the lineup, forcing a shuffle between Tyler Stubblefield and Maxx Tissenbaum for the middle infield spots.

Tonight’s game gets underway at 7:05, and I’ll have the TV call on XFINITY 81 with Kent Hormann. You can hear the radio broadcast with Mike Maahs and John Nolan on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com.

PROGRAMMING NOTE

For all Friday games the rest of the season, you can hear those games on News/Talk 1190 WOWO and 92.3 FM. If you’re listening out of town, head to WOWO.com and click the “Listen Live” link in the upper left-hand corner. The reason for the switch is that our flagship station, The Fan 1380, airs high school football games on Friday nights.

Also, I will be out of town for the next several days, so John Nolan will have the reins to the blog. He’ll also be traveling with the team and calling the games on radio when they head on down to Bowling Green for that upcoming three-game weekend series.

TINCAPS REPORT PODCAST

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, John Nolan chats with Hunter Renfroe about the status of his injured right hand, and also gets to know the outfielder from Crystal Springs, Mississippi:

WHAT HAPPENED

If you’re even a fringe baseball fan, you’ve had no choice but to hear about Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees this season. Heck, even if you’re not a baseball fan you’re bound to hear about the Yankees at one point or another because they’ve permeated the cultural landscape so strongly.

Jeff MacGregor of ESPN.com writes a terrific piece analyzing the team’s clubhouse and what’s happening to the team’s brand and its superstars, most notably Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Not only is the writing pretty darn good, but so is the narrative.

“It rains hard and then it clears and the skies above the Bronx are blue and high and perfect and Derek Jeter, 39 years old in June, takes BP for the first time in days while Joe Girardi watches. The ball doesn’t sound quite right coming off the bat. Another week to dial things in maybe. Alex Rodriguez, now 38, steps in and the bat cracks and the ball sizzles and rises and flies, and everyone smiles and the fans clamor for autographs and snapshots. The “A-Rat” headlines won’t hit New York doorsteps for another few days.

On the big screen out in center they’re running that video from Mickey Mantle Day in 1969. It feels antique now, grainy as a transmission from deep space and drained of color. Mickey’s all dressed up for his retirement. He waves and smiles that Mickey smile and snaps his chewing gum. There’s Phil Rizzuto. Mel Allen. The ovation goes on and on and on. The roar echoes down out of the old stadium and into the new one, down out of the past, down out of time like a message from centuries ago. Mickey Mantle raises his hand to wave goodbye. Mickey Mantle is 37 years old.”

Oh, how times have changed, huh?

MUSICAL GUEST

Jake Owen…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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