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2015 TinCaps End-of-Season Video

The end of the the season is a bummer, at least when it’s as fun as the one the TinCaps had in 2015. One silver lining to the end of the year in Fort Wayne, though, is knowing we’ll get to see the phenomenal work of the TinCaps’ video department in the form of a season-in-review video.

It seems like every year they set the bar higher and higher, making it tougher and tougher to top, yet once again, Video Production Manager Melissa Darby, Assistant Video Production Manager Jared Law, and Video Production Assistant Jordan Ratti came through in a BIG WAY with another outstanding video for this season.

Check out the 2015 highlights from on the field and off.

And here are the end-of-season videos from years prior…

If you’re not aware, Melissa, Jared, and Jordan are the ones who create everything you see on the video board at Parvkiew Field — from videos to headshots. They also oversee the broadcasts we have on Comcast Network 81. Jordan was our producer this season, and often had to wear more hats than that.

To my knowledge, out of Minor League Baseball’s 160 teams, the only other team to have a TV broadcast for all 70 home games (that’s not just a radio simulcast) is the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. This obviously isn’t easy to pull off.  And it wouldn’t be possible in Fort Wayne without the help of our production crew.

From operating cameras to audio to graphics to instant replays and directing, they enable TinCaps fans the unique opportunity to watch every game live. Of course the hours aren’t ideal and, at times for those on camera, the conditions aren’t either. Nevertheless, this was not only a talented team of veterans and newcomers alike in 2015, but also a positive and fun group whose hard work shouldn’t be overlooked. Simply put, without them and their selfless attitudes, there are no broadcasts.


In the spirit of BIG FUN, a BIG THANKS to Tim, Mason, Matt, Jake, Chris, Kale, Doug, David, Tim, Adam, Carrie, Jose, Noah, Rob, Cory, Brice, Jamel, Kaitlyn, and Derek.

While we’re at it, thanks, too, to Dave DosterBobby PierceJavi DeJesus, and Kevin Fitzgerald who joined me on air this year. It’s great to have the baseball expertise of Dave, Bobby, and Javi, and Kevin clearly has a bright future in broadcasting.

Finally, if you’re a viewer, then the biggest of thank yous goes to you for tuning in! Already looking forward to hitting the air next year at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

The Green Fields of the Mind

Since the 2015 TinCaps season ended on Thursday, allow us to borrow a page from Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione, who, during the final broadcast of every Boston season, borrows a page from A. Bartlett Giamatti.

On top of being a Red Sox fan, Giamatti was the seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball from April 1, 1989-Sept. 1, 1989, when he died suddenly of a heart attack at 51. Before becoming Commissioner, Giamatti was the National League’s President for three seasons.

(He’s also the father of actors Paul and Marcus Giamatti, and Elena, who’s not famous enough to have a Wikipedia page.)

A. Bartlett Giamati (Photo Credit: Brad Trent, Yale Alumni Magazine)

Prior to Giamatti’s tenure in baseball, he was the President of Yale University — his alma mater. At Yale, he taught English Renaissance literature.

In 1977, he wrote an essay called The Green Fields of the Mind. For background, it’s about his emotions following the final Red Sox game that year, a loss that kept Boston out of the playoffs.

Here’s an excerpt:

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone…

That is why it breaks my heart, that game–not because in New York they could win because Boston lost; in that, there is a rough justice, and a reminder to the Yankees of how slight and fragile are the circumstances that exalt one group of human beings over another. It breaks my heart because it was meant to, because it was meant to foster in me again the illusion that there was something abiding, some pattern and some impulse that could come together to make a reality that would resist the corrosion; and because, after it had fostered again that most hungered-for illusion, the game was meant to stop, and betray precisely what it promised.

Of course, there are those who learn after the first few times. They grow out of sports. And there are others who were born with the wisdom to know that nothing lasts. These are the truly tough among us, the ones who can live without illusion, or without even the hope of illusion. I am not that grown-up or up-to-date. I am a simpler creature, tied to more primitive patterns and cycles. I need to think something lasts forever, and it might as well be that state of being that is a game; it might as well be that, in a green field, in the sun.

In Fort Wayne, on September 10, a Thursday, summer was gone.

You can find the full essay here, or listen to Giamatti read it himself below.

Opening Day 2016 at Parkview Field is set for Saturday, April 9 at 6:35 p.m. against the Lake County Captains. Before we look forward to that, there’s plenty to look back on at this 2015 season. And we’ll have time to do that now that summer is gone.


The 2015 TinCaps Season Is Over

The 2015 TinCaps season ended at Parkview Field on Thursday night, as Fort Wayne fell to the West Michigan Whitecaps, 2-1, in Game 2 of the best-of-three Eastern Division Semifinals.

With the conclusion of one of the most successful seasons in Fort Wayne franchise history, comes a variety of thoughts and feelings.

But today, Sept. 11, doesn’t feel like the right time to dwell on TinCaps baseball. We can do that later.

Of all days, today is one to reflect on what happened 14 years ago, when 2,977 people died in this country as a result of terrorist attacks.

Since this is a baseball-centric blog, though, here are a couple of ways in which America’s pastime helped America heal following 9/11.


ESPN’s 30 for 30 films released a short today on President George W. Bush’s first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series.

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Prior to the Yankees reaching the World Series, the first professional sporting event in New York after Sept. 11, 2011, was 10 days later at Shea Stadium where the Mets hosted the Braves.

Mike Piazza stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 8th inning with the Mets down.

(A Midwest League sidenote: Steve Karsay, who allowed that home run, was the pitching coach for the Lake County Captains this season and in 2013.)


I’m not so sure why we like to share what we were doing or where we were when major events happened. I guess it’s not a bad thing, so I’ll partake.

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a 5th grader at St. Helena’s in Edison, N.J. — about 31 miles by car from the World Trade Center. While sitting in Mrs. Camposano’s math class, our principal, Sister Charles, announced over the PA that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers. I remember not thinking much of it, figuring it must’ve been a small propeller plan that accidentally crashed.

Our math lesson on fractions, or decimals, or whatever it was, continued. A bit later during the period, one of the school’s administrative assistants, Mrs. Morabito, popped her head into the room and said something about The Pentagon. At this point in time, I was an A student in social studies, but I had no clue what The Pentagon was or why it was being brought up. I think the word “terrorism” came up, too, which also was new to me.

The bell eventually rang and we went on to the next class. Soon, though, parents began to pick their kids up, and by lunch, my Mom came to pick me up with my sister, Katie, and another kid from our neighborhood, Shakir.

Without having seen any images, it still hadn’t crossed my mind that this was what it was. The idea of the buildings collapsing was unfathomable to me, especially since my family had just been in Lower Manhattan by the towers a couple weeks before. I finally realized the severity of the situation when my Mom came and wasn’t her usual self, but noticeably upset. She explained how it wasn’t a small propeller plane, and it wasn’t an accident, and the buildings had indeed gone down.

When we got home, my Mom told me not to watch TV. So as a 10-year-old, naturally, I turned on the TV. I consider myself something of a news junkie now, and had the makings of that back then, and watched news coverage the rest of the day. On Sept. 11, 2001, I found out what The Pentagon is, what terrorism is, that Afghanistan is a country, and a whole lot more I wish I hadn’t needed to know yet.

Although my parents previously lived and worked in New York City near the Twin Towers, they no longer did in 2001. No one in my family was among the victims. However, my Aunt Liz’s best friend, Colleen, lost her husband, Joe Spor, who was a FDNY firefighter. Joe, a 35-year-old father of four, was in the first tower when it collapsed. You can read more about the kind of man Joe was here.


Bruce Springsteen’s album The Rising is largely a collection of reflections on 9/11.

Thanks for reading.

— John

June 30 vs. Bowling Green (Game 74)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (3-2, 35-38) vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-3, 39-36)

RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-4, 3.86) vs. RHP Chris Pike (6-2, 3.65)

Tuesday, June 30 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m.  —  Game 74

LISTEN: ESPN Radio 1380 (WKJG) / / TuneIn Radio App

WATCH: Comcast Network 81

ABOUT LAST GAME: The TinCaps shut out the Bowling Green Hot Rods, 2-0, in the opener of their three-game series at Parkview Field. Thomas Dorminy became the second Fort Wayne starter this year to work seven innings as he limited BG to four hits and a walk. Colby Blueberg followed with two scoreless innings for the save. Both TinCaps runs came in the fourth. Nick Torres delivered an RBI double, while Franchy Cordero added a run-scoring single.

SHUTOUT: Monday was Fort Wayne’s third shutout victory of the season, and third since May 31. That was when blanked West Michigan at Parkview Field. Fort Wayne also shut out Beloit in Wisconsin on June 5. As a reward, TinCaps pitchers were given the chance to take batting practice on the field this afternoon.

PITCHING WINS: The TinCaps are 7-2 over their last nine games. During the stretch, Fort Wayne has allowed a total of 13 runs (11 earned) and has an ERA of  1.16.

TORR-ID STRETCH: Outfielder Nick Torres is on a season-long 14-game hitting streak. It’s tied for the sixth longest hitting streak in the Midwest League this season, and the longest for a TinCap. During the stretch, Torres is 22-for-54 (.407) with a .441 OBP. Seven of his hits have been doubles. On the year, Torres leads the MWL with 25 doubles and is tied for the league lead in extra-base hits with 29. His .332 batting average is second in the circuit to only Lansing’s Ryan McBroom (.347). With 84 hits so far, Torres is on pace for the second most hits in a season in franchise history. Josh Barfield holds the franchise record with 164 hits in 2002.

HOT AT HOME: The TinCaps have won seven games in a row at Parkview Field and five consecutive series in Fort Wayne.

THE OTHER GUYS: Bowling Green’s roster features the following Tampa Bay Rays prospects: No. 10 C Nick Ciuffo

No. 17 OF Justin Williams

***Complete Game Notes***


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  1. #1 Michael Gettys CF — Has FW’s lone HR over last 11 G (Thurs. @ GL).
  2. #12 Ruddy Giron SS — Best wRC+ (179) in MWL among hitters w/ 111+ PA.
  3. #10 Nick Torres DH — Celebrating his 22nd birthday today.
  4. #16 Trae Santos 1B* — 36 walks (tied for 8th most in league).
  5. #34 Franmil Reyes DH — Has drawn 10 walks in June (10 total April + May).
  6. #22 Franchy Cordero LF* — In June: .304 AVG with 1 HR and 7 RBI.
  7. #25 Luis Tejada 3B — Leads team with 6 RBI since debut on June 17.
  8. #21 Jose Ruiz C — Leads MWL catchers with 32 runners thrown out.
  9. #3 Mitch Morales 2B* — Making his debut in a TinCaps uniform.

* Left-Handed Batter


Nick Torres may be in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak, but he’s not superstitious and recently changed his walkup from “Chains” by Nick Jonas to this…

Thanks for reading. Be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email.

– John

June 29 vs. Bowling Green (Game 73)

The TinCaps are back in the Summit City.

Fort Wayne TinCaps (2-2, 34-38) vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-2, 39-35)

LHP Thomas Dorminy (5-5, 4.41) vs. RHP Henry Centeno (4-4, 4.81)

Monday, June 29 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m.  —  Game 73

LISTEN: ESPN Radio 1380 (WKJG) / / TuneIn Radio App

WATCH: Comcast Network 81

ABOUT LAST GAME: The TinCaps fell in the final of their four-game series at Great Lakes, 2-1. The Loons scored once in the second and again in the sixth off Fort Wayne starter Ernesto Montas. At the plate, the TinCaps scored their lone run in the seventh on a Luis Tejada RBI single. Fort Wayne and Great Lakes split the four-game series.

ROLLIE FINGERS: Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers is at Parkview Field signing autographs as part of The Principal Financial Dreams Tour. Although well known for his waxed handlebar mustache, Fingers is one of only five relief pitchers in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fingers pitched for the Oakland A’s from 1968-76, the Padres from ‘77-80, and for the Milwaukee Brewers from ‘81-82 and ‘84-85.

  • 7-time All-Star (1973-76, ‘78, ‘81, ‘82)
  • 3-time World Series champ (1972-74)
  • World Series MVP (1974)
  • AL Cy Young Award (1981)
  • 4-time Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1977-78, ‘80-81)

ROSTER MOVE: The Padres sent infielder Chase Jensen up to Advanced-A Lake Elsinore on Monday. To replace him, the TinCaps have received infielder Mitch Morales (no relation to manager Francisco Morales) from Short-Season A Tri-City. The 24-year-old Jensen had the best fielding percentage among Fort Wayne infielders while hitting .197 with 2 HR and 17 RBI in 40 games. Morales, 20, was selected by the Padres in the 29th round of last year’s draft out of Florida Atlantic University. The Florida native was 9-for-23 (.391) through his first six games in the Northwest League.

HOT AT HOME: The TinCaps have won six games in a row at Parkview Field and five consecutive series in Fort Wayne.

PITCHING WINS: In June, the TinCaps have a 2.85 ERA. That’s the lowest in the Eastern Division, and second to only Quad Cities (2.77) in the Midwest League. Fort Wayne is 13-9 this month.

Complete Game Notes


062915 vs. BG - Lineup

  1. #1 Michael Gettys CF — Has FW’s lone HR over last 10 G (Thurs. @ GL).
  2. #12 Ruddy Giron SS — Sat Sun. for first time since joining team on May 18.
  3. #10 Nick Torres RF — On team season-long 13-game hitting streak.
  4. #16 Trae Santos 1B* — 36 walks (tied for 7th most in league).
  5. #34 Franmil Reyes DH — Has drawn 10 walks in June (10 total April + May).
  6. #22 Franchy Cordero LF* — Two hits Sun. for second time in last three.
  7. #25 Luis Tejada 3B — Leads team with 6 RBI since debut on June 17.
  8. #23 Michael Miller C — Making Parkview Field debut.
  9. #9 Felipe Blanco 2B — Made two highlight-reel plays at second on Sunday.

* Left-Handed Batter


Before Sunday’s game, Kevin caught up with Manager Francisco Morales.


From the year Rollie Fingers won the AL Cy Young…

Thanks for reading. Be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email.

– John

June 28 at Great Lakes (Game 72)

A pleasant Sunday afternoon to you.

Fort Wayne TinCaps (2-1, 34-37) @ Great Lakes Loons (1-2, 39-32)

RHP Ernesto Montas (6-4, 3.71) vs. RHP Grant Holmes (3-0, 3.68)

Sunday, June 28, 2015 — Dow Diamond (Midland, MI) — First Pitch 2:05 p.m.  —  Game 72

LISTEN: ESPN Radio 1380 (WKJG) / / TuneIn Radio App

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps were locked in another one-run game with the Great Lakes Loons on Saturday and prevailed, 2-1. Brad Wieck won his second straight start and struck out nine batters. Chase Jensen and Jose Ruiz drove in the two runs in the fourth inning that proved to be the game winners.

Box     ReCap

FIRST-CLASS RUN: Fort Wayne has been one of the best teams in the Midwest League in the month of June. In fact, since June 10th, the TinCaps own the second best record in the league. Dayton is 11-4 since that date, but Fort Wayne is right behind the Dragons with a 10-4 record of its own.

WALKING THE TIGHT ROPE: Fort Wayne and Great Lakes have played 31 innings in their first three games of this series (with a 13-inning game on Thursday). All but one of those innings have featured a tie score or a lead of no more than one run for either team. That inning was the 13th frame on Thursday when the TinCaps scored three runs to clinch a 4-1 win. These two Eastern Division teams played three other one-run games in late May at Parkview Field. The average margin of victory in eight games during the season series is less than two runs a game (1.6).

BULLPEN SHINES: The TinCaps’ bullpen is a main reason for preserving many of the pressure-packed wins lately. Relievers have allowed just three runs over their last seven games. That translates to a 0.92 ERA during that span (29 1/3 innings).  

GIVE ME A K: Fort Wayne pitchers struck out 15 Loons batters on Saturday, the most for a nine-inning game this year. In the series, that makes 36 total punch-outs, the most prolific three-game stretch this season for TinCaps pitchers.

A TALE OF TWO STARS: Ruddy Giron (.363) and Nick Torres (.324) are two of Fort Wayne’s best hitters. This is the first game all season that both have been absent from the lineup.


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When in doubt, just listen to Taylor Swift…

Thanks for reading. Be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email.

– John

June 27 at Great Lakes (Game 71)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (1-1, 33-37) @ Great Lakes Loons (1-1, 39-31)

LHP Brad Wieck (1-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Kevin Guzman (4-5, 3.34)

Sat., June 27 — Dow Diamond (Midland, MI) — First Pitch 7:05 p.m.  —  Game 71

LISTEN: ESPN Radio 1380 (WKJG) / / TuneIn Radio App

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Fort Wayne couldn’t hold on to two separate leads on Friday and fell to Great Lakes, 3-2, in the bottom of the ninth inning. Federico Celli laced a walk-off double to end the TinCaps season-high five game win streak. Starter Michael Kelly hurled six shutout innings and Nick Torres and Franchy Cordero contributed at the plate with multi-hit games.     Box     ReCap

PITCHING PROWESS: Over the last six games, Fort Wayne’s pitching staff has only yielded 10 runs. In fact, in the month of June (20 games), the team’s ERA sits at 2.98, and TinCaps pitchers are only allowing 3 1/2 runs per game. It’s helped the team start 12-8 in the month. Fort Wayne’s pitchers have also only allowed one home run over their last 11 games.

MORENO MOVING UP THE LADDER: Edwin Moreno starts in centerfield on Saturday. Although he’s played sparingly during the month of June, Moreno is batting .360 over his last eight games. That includes three multi-hit games and eight runs scored. The Dominican outfielder has scored more runs this season in 41 games (23) then he did in each of the last two seasons combined (19).

A DOZEN FOR TORRES: Outfielder Nick Torres is currently on a team-high 12-game hitting streak. It’s the second time this season he’s hit safely in 12 straight. From April 30-May 12 the Lakewood, California, native went a dozen games with at least one hit. Torres is also hitting .400 against the Loons this year.

DODGERS UNITED: Two members of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Championship team will be at Dow Diamond again on Saturday. TinCaps pitching coach Burt Hooton was an All-Star for Manager Tommy Lasorda’s Dodgers that season. The Hall of Famer was LA’s skipper from 1976 to 1996. He is now a Special Advisor to Dodgers Chairman, Mark Walter. That was one of two World Series Lasorda would bring to Chavez Ravine. Hooton was also named the NLCS MVP in 1981.


062715 at GL - Lineup


  1. #1 Michael Gettys DH — Notched 9th OF assist on Friday, tops amongst FW outfielders
  2. #12 Ruddy Giron SS — Leads the MWL in runs (32) & total bases (82) since 5/18
  3. #10 Nick Torres RF — Currently on his 12-game hitting streak of the season
  4. #16 Trae Santos 1B* — Drove in a run on Friday @ Great Lakes
  5. #25 Luis Tejada 3B — Batting 5th for just the second time this year (in 8 starts)
  6. #22 Franchy Cordero LF* — Had two hits in Friday’s game @ Great Lakes
  7. #24 Chase Jensen 2B — Grew up 15 minutes away from catcher Michael Miller
  8. #21 Jose Ruiz C — Had the night off on Friday @ Great Lakes
  9. #15 Edwin Moreno CF* — Hitting .360 over his last eight games

*Left-Handed Batter


Kevin caught up with the newest TinCap, catcher Michael Miller, before he made his Midwest League debut on Friday night.


Former TinCaps broadcaster, and the author of “The Watson Files” in this space, Dan Watson is tying the knot today. Congrats, Dan…

Thanks for reading. Be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email.

– John

June 26 at Great Lakes (Game 70)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (1-0, 33-36) vs. Great Lakes Loons (0-1, 38-31)

RHP Michael Kelly (3-1, 5.48) vs. RHP Trevor Oaks (3-5, 2.89)

Friday, June 26, 2015 — Dow Diamond (Midland, MI) — First Pitch 7:05 p.m.

LISTEN: ESPN Radio 1380 (WKJG) / / TuneIn Radio App

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps opened the second half of their Midwest League schedule with a 13-inning, 4-1, win over the Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond. Fort Wayne broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 13th inning with three runs — two of which were unearned. A Franmil Reyes sac fly proved to be the winning RBI.     Box     ReCap

FIVE IN A ROW: Thursday’s victory was Fort Wayne’s fifth in a row going back to June 18. The five-game winning streak is the longest of the season for the TinCaps. The team is 21-11 over the last 32 games dating to May 18.

PITCHING WINS: During their current five-game winning streak, the TinCaps have allowed a total of seven runs (six earned). Fort Wayne pitchers have struck out 38 batters and walked 12 during the span. The TinCaps bullpen has yielded only one run over 23 innings.

K COUNT: TinCaps pitchers struck out a season-high 16 batters on Thursday. Starter Dinelson Lamet fanned six in five innings. Out of the bullpen, Yimmi Brasoban and Colby Blueberg both struck out two, while Bryan Verbitsky and T.J. Weir both K-ed three each.

WALK THIS WAY: First baseman Trae Santos drew a team season-high and individual career-high four walks Thursday. He’s the team-leader in that category with 32 walks on the year. That’s tied for 10th most among Midwest League hitters.

WITH GETTYS: Center fielder Michael Gettys hit his fourth home run of the season on Thursday in the top of the third inning. Defensively, Gettys also registered his ninth outfield assist of the season in the bottom of the inning when he threw Brian Wolfe out at the plate trying to score from second base on a single up the middle.

ALUMNI REPORT: 2014 TinCaps shortstop Trea Turner was promoted by the Washington Nationals to Triple-A Syracuse today. Turner and the Chiefs are in Indianapolis tonight playing the Indians.


062615 lineup

  1. #1 Michael Gettys CF — Hit first home run in 22 days Thursday night @ GL
  2. #12 Ruddy Giron SS — Scored go-ahead run on Thursday in the 13th inning
  3. #10 Nick Torres RF — On an 11-game hit streak, third this season of 9 or more
  4. #16 Trae Santos 1B* — Has walked nine times over his last four games
  5. #34 Franmil Reyes DH — Drove in a go-ahead run on Thursday against GL
  6. #22 Franchy Cordero LF* — Hasn’t committed a single error in OF in 24 games
  7. #25 Luis Tejada 3B — From San Francisco de Macoris, DR (as is former MLB All-Star Julio Franco)
  8. #23 Michael Miller C — Making TinCaps debut in 2015
  9. #9 Felipe Blanco 2B — One of four FW hitters to drive in 4 runs in a game this year

*Left-Handed Batter

Complete Game Notes


Whether or not you agree with today’s Supreme Court ruling, it’s hard to argue with saying that The Wizard of Oz was a revolutionary film and that Judy Garland sang this flawlessly…

Thanks for reading. Be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email.

– John

June 25 at Great Lakes (Game 69)

Welcome to the second half of the 2015 Midwest League season.

We’re going to attempt to make this a daily thing…

Fort Wayne TinCaps (0-0, 32-36) @ Great Lakes Loons (0-0, 38-30)

RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-4, 4.30) vs. RHP Matt Shelton (1-1, 2.92 – AA/AAA)

Thursday, June 25 — Dow Diamond (Midland, MI) — First Pitch 7:05 p.m.  —  Game 69

LISTEN: ESPN Radio 1380 (WKJG) / / TuneIn Radio App

ABOUT LAST GAME: Before the three-day All-Star break, the TinCaps beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods, 3-2, at Parkview Field on Sunday afternoon to complete a sweep of their three-game series.     ReCap     Box

RIDING HIGH: The TinCaps closed the first half on a four-game winning streak, which included a victory at West Michigan prior to sweeping Bowling Green. The sweep was Fort Wayne’s first of the year, and the four-game winning streak marks a season high for wins. The TinCaps were 20-11 over the final 31 games of the half.

PITCHING WINS: During their current four-game winning streak, the TinCaps have allowed a total of six runs (five earned). Fort Wayne pitchers have struck out 22 batters and walked eight during the span.

PLAY BALL: This series marks Fort Wayne’s second visit to Dow Diamond this season. The TinCaps and Loons were set to open the year here 11 weeks ago, on Thursday, April 9, only to be rained out. Unplayable field conditions then led to a postponement the following day as well, and then a cancellation on Saturday. Fort Wayne and Great Lakes played a three-day, five-game series at Parkview Field from May 26-28 in which the TinCaps took the first three.

ALL-STAR CLASSIC: The 51st annual Midwest League All-Star Classic was held at Dozer Park in Peoria on Tuesday night. TinCaps outfielder Nick Torres and pitcher Thomas Dorminy helped lead the Eastern Division to a 5-0 win over the West. Torres went 0-for-1 at the plate with a walk and a run scored. Dorminy struck out the lone batter he faced. (The Loons had three All-Stars: right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes, infielder Michael Ahmed, and righty J.D. Underwood.)

THE OTHER GUYS: Great Lakes won the Eastern Division’s first half wild card, finishing second to Lansing. The Loons were 20-25 before going on a 17-2 tear from May 28-June 14 that included a 10-game winning streak. Great Lakes features the following Dodgers prospects according to (3) RHP Grant Holmes, (5) OF Alex Verdugo.


062515 at GL


  1. #1 Michael Gettys CF — Had first 4-hit game as a TinCap on Saturday vs. BG.
  2. #12 Ruddy Giron SS — Featured in an story on Wednesday.
  3. #10 Nick Torres LF — Tied for the league’s lead in doubles with 23.
  4. #16 Trae Santos 1B* — Has drawn a team high 28 walks.
  5. #34 Franmil Reyes RF — Cousin, Alex Reyes (STL), named to Futures Game.
  6. #22 Franchy Cordero DH* — Hitting .300 in June. (AVG was .207at end of May.)
  7. #25 Luis Tejada 3B — Has 5 RBI in 5 games, including 2-run single on Sunday.
  8. #21 Jose Ruiz C — Has thrown out MWL-best 30 base-stealers.
  9. #24 Chase Jensen 2B — Has not committed an error in 13 games at second.

Complete Game Notes


Michael Jackson died on this day in 2009. Let’s go back to The Jackson Five days, and Indiana (just forget that we’re in Michigan tonight)…

Thanks for reading. Be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email.

– John

Countdown to Opening Day: 23

It’s officially spring now. Even in Fort Wayne, where we woke up to snow on the ground this morning. Hardly any, but still. It was a rude sight to see, especially after being teased with some beautiful recent weather. Monday was in the 60s.

In fact, the weather had been so nice, on Tuesday, the Grounds Crew broke out the mower.

That’s more of a harbinger of spring than any date on the calendar. Speaking of dates, though, we’re getting closer and closer to Opening Day at Parkview Field on Sunday, April 12 at 4:05 p.m. against Lansing.

Design Credit: Jared Law

Design Credit: Jared Law

If you’re looking for tickets to Opening Day, or any day, here’s the place to go. The literal place to go is Parkview Field’s Ticket Office. You can also call 260-482-6400.


Pat Connaughton appeared in six games for Aberdeen in 2014, fanning 10 over 14 2/3 innings. (Ashley Marshall/

Though Opening Day draws near, March Madness is the talk of the day. Thursday’s unofficial start of the Tournament saw a record six games decided by one point. Most of the others were nail-biters, too, including Notre Dame’s four-point victory over Northeastern.

We bring this up, because, did you know Notre Dame senior forward Pat Connaughton is also a Minor Leaguer? Connaughton was drafted by the Orioles last year in the fourth round.

Curt Rallo wrote a good piece for about Connaughton’s commitment to being a two-sport standout. The NCAA also has a well-done video feature on Connaughton’s story.

A good lesson in here for young athletes:

“Everyone is telling kids you have to play one sport to make it to the college level,” Connaughton said. “I think that’s

. You can play multiple sports. It helps your overall athleticism. The fact that you’re not focusing on one sport, the fact that you’re not using the same muscles over and over again, that helps your competitive nature, it helps you athleticism, and it helps your ability to prevent injuries, and it helps prevent burnout.”  

As an aside, Connauhgton received a $428,000 signing bonus from the Orioles. While rare, this isn’t unheard of. For example, the last two years, the TinCaps have seen Amir Garrett of the Dayton Dragons, who the Reds signed for $1 million when he was still playing basketball for St. John’s. The NCAA’s stipulation in these deals is that these guys can no longer play college baseball after signing, but any other sport, like basketball, is fine. It’s interesting.


Via Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, sporting a Brewers jersey. (Photo Credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

NPR’s Don Gonyea on spring training for baseball, and political candidates. It’s a humorous analogy.


Eric Church was in Fort Wayne Wednesday night for a concert at the Coliseum. I’m not an ardent country music fan, but I like it more when the song is in part an ode to Bruce Springsteen. Mr. Church, take it away…

Thanks for reading. As always, would love for you to be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email ( Have a great weekend!


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