Boy, ya just couldn’t have asked for better weather so far this Memorial Day Weekend. The last three nights have all been around 70 degrees and sunny, as about 20,000 fans have flocked to Parkview Field. It’s another ideal day for a ballgame in Downtown Fort Wayne tonight as the TinCaps continue their six-game homestand with the first of three against the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds).
Elsewhere in the Hoosier State, the Indy 500 was today. We don’t follow racing, but caught the last few laps on TV. Ryan Hunter-Reay won for the first time in a close finish. Well, less than 24 hours ago here in Fort Wayne, Lansing beat the TinCaps in a tight one, too. Fort Wayne held leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but faltered down the stretch in a 4-3, 10-inning setback.
Kent Hormann and Javi DeJesus recap the loss below:
One of the positives for the TinCaps on Saturday was how Dustin Peterson continues to tear it up. The third baseman had his second consecutive three-hit game with a pair of doubles, a single, and two runs batted in. In his last six games, Peterson is 10-for-24 (.417 average) with three doubles, three home runs, and eight RBI. He’s hit safely in five of those six games — the only exception being Tuesday at Lake County when he only had two at-bats before leaving the game when a contact lens fell out. The 19-year-old from Arizona leads the TinCaps in RBI on the season with 33, which is second most in the Midwest League (three behind Wisconsin’s Clint Coulter). Meanwhile, his 15 doubles are also a team high and rank tied for fourth in the MWL. Again, his 20 extra-base hits this year are most on the TinCaps and tied for fourth in the league.
Mike Maahs caught up with Petey before last night’s game to discuss his prowess at the plate, as well as Friday’s game when he was hit in the head by a pitch leading to a benches-clearing
Peterson isn’t the only TinCap thriving at the plate right now, though. Here are a couple other headlines from our Game Notes…
Tejada’s Turnaround:In his first 16 games of the season with the TinCaps, Luis Tejada struggled mightily. The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic was 10-for-61 (.164) with only 1 extra-base hit, and 5 runs batted in. After he was transferred off Fort Wayne’s roster on April 25, Tejada returned to the TinCaps on May 14. In his first 2 games back, the outfielder turned first baseman turned back to outfielder now, went 0-for-9 last weekend at South Bend. He didn’t even get an at-bat during Fort Wayne’s three-game series at Lake County during the week. But all Tejada’s did in 3 games against Lansing was go 8-for-12 (.667) with 2 doubles, and 3 RBI. With 3 hits each on Thursday and Friday, and 2 Saturday, Tejada has 3 consecutive multi-hit games for the 1st time since August 2-4, 2012, when playing for the Arizona League Padres.
Swift Smith: Mallex Smith leads not only the Midwest League with 35 stolen bases, but all of baseball. The 21-year-old hasn’t had more than 3 consecutive games without swiping a bag in 2014. Smith has stolen a base in 4 of his last 5 games in which he’s gotten on base. Great Lakes’ Malcolm Holland is a distant 2nd in MiLB with 24 stolen bases, while Dee Gordon leads MLB with 28. But better yet, Smith has season his batting average jump from .221 in April to .364 in the month of May. His OBP has risen from .315 last month to .452 in May.
Florence and the Machine, take it away…
We’ve got our only edition of Sunday Night Baseball this season set to get rolling at 7:05. Hope you can join us.
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