Emptying the Recorder

The snow may have melted at Parkview Field allowing the TinCaps and Bees to play on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still a frigid night. In fact, according to Fort Wayne President Mike Nutter, it was the coldest in the ballpark’s history. Our temperature at first pitch was 33, and by the end of the night, the temperature was in the 20s with a windchill of 19. Yes, it was April 15.

Nevertheless, the TinCaps had their best offensive game of the season in a 13-3 win. In fact, it was Fort Wayne’s highest output of runs since July 5, 2013. Fernando Perez (who’s the only TinCap to play 3 different positions in the field so far and was last night’s second baseman) keyed the onslaught by extending his hitting streak to 6 games with a pair of hits, including a 2-run homer — his first in a Fort Wayne uniform. Perez finished the freezing night with 5 RBI. Meanwhile, Ryan Miller plated 2 in a 3-hit performance.

And wouldn’t you know our recent guests on the Hupe Insurance Services Pregame Show on The Fan 1380 (#payingthebills) have been Miller, Perez, and their hitting coach Morgan Burkhart?

On Friday evening in Clinton, I caught up with Ryan about how he feels getting to start the year with the TinCaps after coming up last year at the end of August. Among other items, Ryan also shared why he thinks he’s started the season off well at the plate this season, despite missing 6 weeks of Spring Training with a back injury.

Fernando opened up about moving to the United States from Mexico as a teenager, what it was like being drafted by the Padres given that he has family from San Diego, and how he feels about transitioning to the Midwest League.

And here’s Mike Maahs with Burky on returning to the TinCaps’ staff for a second season.

Bonus coverage for Wizards fans who remember first baseman Joe McAnulty from the ’03 squad. McAnulty went on to reach the show and play for the Padres and Angels. Now he’s a hitting coach in the Los Angeles organization (of Anaheim) with Burlington. Mr. Maahs reminisces with Joe about his Fort Wayne days and what he’s been up to since.

Tune in this morning for a chance to hear Mike talk with Burlington broadcaster Michael Broskowski. That comes your way at 10:45 leading up to an 11:05 first pitch on a TinCaps Reading Program Day. Hope you can join us on The Fan 1380. Now it’s time to grab some breakfast…

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