Eastern Division Championship Series: Game Two

Greetings and Sunday salutations from Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium.  (The ballpark’s naming rights were just sold the other day.)

The TinCaps lost, 7-5, last night. Here’s the video recap with Kent Hormann and former Wizards pitcher Javi DeJesus:

Here are the game recaps from…

The Journal Gazette: http://jg.net/article/20130908/SPORTS0604/309089929/1008/SPORTS

South Bend Tribune: http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/professional/silverhawks/article_b5892cea-186b-11e3-a170-001a4bcf6878.html

And some notes for today’s game:

About Last Night: The TinCaps suffered a 7-5 loss to the South Bend Silver Hawks in Game 1 of the best-of-three Eastern Division Championship series. After Fort Wayne rallied form a 5-1 deficit to tie the game, South Bend scored a pair of two-out runs in the top of the ninth inning to eliminate the stalemate.

What’s at Stake: Fort Wayne needs a win to force a decisive game three or else the season is over. The winner of this series will represent the Eastern Division in the Midwest League Championship series. Since 2000, Fort Wayne has represented the Eastern Division in the Championship series twice (’09, ’12) while South Bend has done so three times (’01, ’04, ’05). Overall, Fort Wayne has one title (2009) while South Bend has three (’89, ’93, ’05).

Postseason Hoosier History: This is the third time Fort Wayne and South Bend have met in the Midwest League playoffs, and the first time in the division finals. In 2004, the Wizards were swept in round one, while on the way to the 2009 title the TinCaps beat the Silver Hawks in three games.

Defense Dooms: The TinCaps committed two errors in Saturday’s loss that led to four unearned runs for the Silver Hawks. During the regular season Fort Wayne committed the second-most errors in the Midwest League with 187. South Bend had the fifth-fewest with 149. In the TinCaps first-round series against the Hot Rods, Fort Wayne only made one error to Bowling Green’s four.

Sans Cigar: In 20 meetings this season the TinCaps and Silver Hawks have played eight one-run games, three two-run games and four three-run games. South Bend has had the better of the close meetings. Fort Wayne is 2-6 in one-run game,s 0-3 in two-run contests and 2-2 in three-run games.


In today’s pre-game chat with Manager Jose Valentin, he discusses a tough loss in game one, his decision to start Colin Rea, why Trevor Gott is now his closer and looks back on his two years in Fort Wayne:


John Nolan and I will bring you tonight’s game on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com, with coverage starting at 4:45. We hope you’ll join us.


Third Eye Blind…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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