Tuesdays with the TinCaps

Break up the TinCaps. Or at least the Parkview Field version. Fort Wayne won at home for the sixth time in seven games on Monday, 14-9, over the Dayton Dragons. That improves the team’s record at home on the season to 15-10 (3-1 on the homestand), which is the third best mark in the Midwest League (second in the East Division).

Mike Couzens and Kent Hormann recap the offensive eruption below.

Some numbers of note from the TinCaps’ win…

* 7th time this season the team scored 10+ runs in a win (6th time at Parkview Field); Fort Wayne has scored 10+ runs in three of its last nine games.

* Fort Wayne now leads the Midwest League in runs scored (272 in 50 games for an average of 5.4/game). So how is this team still eight games below .500? Well, unfortunately for the TinCaps, they also lead the MWL in runs allowed (300, or 6.0/game). On top of that, Fort Wayne has also committed the most errors in the league and all of the Minors for that matter (99; 1.9/game).

* They’ve won consecutive series for the first time all season.

* The 3, hour 26 minute-game was the longest nine-inning contest of the season, eclipsing April 19’s 15-10 win against Peoria by three minutes. Twenty-three of the game’s 26 runs were scored in the first five innings, which took about 2.5 hours.

* Five guys hit a double. That’s the second time in four days that the team has hit a season-high five two-baggers.

* On an individual front, it was the second time in four days that Mallex Smith scored four runs in a game.

Jake Bauers had an RBI-single on Monday, as the 18-year-old hit cleanup for the first time as a TinCap. We talked with Jake before the game about why he thinks he’s thrived in Fort Wayne and how he approaches being the youngest player in the Midwest League.


Not that we’d know anything about this, but Karl Taro Greenfeld hits a proverbial home run with his take on “Faking Cultural Literacy.”

What we all feel now is the constant pressure to know enough, at all times, lest we be revealed as culturally illiterate. So that we can survive an elevator pitch, a business meeting, a visit to the office kitchenette, a cocktail party, so that we can post, tweet, chat, comment, text as if we have seen, read, watched, listened. What matters to us, awash in petabytes of data, is not necessarily having actually consumed this content firsthand but simply knowing that it exists — and having a position on it, being able to engage in the chatter about it. We come perilously close to performing a pastiche of knowledgeability that is really a new model of know-nothingness…

The information is everywhere, a constant feed in our hands, in our pockets, on our desktops, our cars, even in the cloud. The data stream can’t be shut off. It pours into our lives a rising tide of words, facts, jokes, GIFs, gossip and commentary that threatens to drown us. Perhaps it is this fear of submersion that is behind this insistence that we’ve seen, we’ve read, we know. It’s a none-too-convincing assertion that we are still afloat. So here we are, desperately paddling, making observations about pop culture memes, because to admit that we’ve fallen behind, that we don’t know what anyone is talking about, that we have nothing to say about each passing blip on the screen, is to be dead.


Straying from faking cultural literacy… or not, Andre 3000 turns 39 today. So OutKast, shake it like a Polaroid picture…

The TinCaps wrap up their six-game homestand today with an 11:05 a.m. first pitch against Dayton. The first five days have seen more than 30,000 fans flock to Parkview Field and more than 7,000 are expected today — most kids as part of the TinCaps Reading Program presented by Longe Optical. You know where to find us. (Ok, in case you don’t, shame on you, but it’s The Fan 1380, TheFanFortWayne.com, and XFINITY Channel 81.)

You can find John Nolan faking cultural literacy on Twitter @John_G_Nolan.

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