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TinCaps Game Information: August 29 vs. South Bend Cubs

August 29, 2023 - Midwest League (MWL)
Fort Wayne TinCaps News Release

Fort Wayne TinCaps (29-25, 61-59) vs. South Bend Cubs (25-28, 70-48)

Tuesday, Aug. 29 | 6:35 p.m. | Parkview Field | Fort Wayne, IN | Game 55 of 66, 121 of 132

RHP Edwuin Bencomo vs. RHP Tyler Santana

Video: Bally Live app | MiLB.TV | MLB.TV | Radio: 1380 The Fan & 100.9 FM

'CAPS AGAINST CANCER: TinCaps relievers Keegan Collett, Carter Loewen, and Ethan Routzahn, along with mascot Johnny TinCap, visited patients at the Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute earlier today. On Saturday, the team will host a 'Caps Against Cancer Night, while wearing special jerseys that are up for auction through, with proceeds going to Parkview's Transformative Cancer Care Fund. The jersey design was inspired by the artwork of former Parkview patient Ric Trimble, who sadly passed away in February.

VOLUNTEERING: On Thursday, the entire team will volunteer at the Veteran's National Memorial Shrine & Museum. They'll be assisting with various manual labor tasks around the facility.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: This final homestand of the season at Parkview Field features fireworks Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Highlights also include Fort4Fitness' "Race the Game" on Wednesday (fans are invited to participate in a relay, jogging/walking laps around the concourse), the team's first ever Grateful Dead Night on Thursday and a visit from the mascot BirdZerk! on Saturday. All week, fans will also receive a free 16-month wall calendar presented by Parkview Physicians Group.

POSTSEASON RACE: With 12 games left in the regular season, the TinCaps trail West Michigan (DET) by 1.5 games for first place in the Midwest League East Division 2nd-half standings. Great Lakes won the 1st half. The regular season wraps Sunday, Sept. 10.

LAST WEEK: The TinCaps went 2-4 against the Loons in Midland, including a 6-1 setback Sunday.

FORT WAYNE FAITHFUL: The TinCaps have averaged 5,245 fans per game so far this year across 58 openings, including 14 sellouts (season high of 8,516 on the 4th of July). Fort Wayne's average attendance ranks 3rd out of 60 Single-A and High-A clubs, and is greater than 22 Double-A teams and 8 in Triple-A.

HOT CAPS: After an 0-5 and 10-22 start, the TinCaps are 51-37 since May 14... From mid-May to mid-July, they were 6-0-2 over 8 series... The 'Caps had a 6-game winning streak from July 2-7 -- the team's first 6-game winning streak since 2018.

POWER PERSPECTIVE: The TinCaps are 2nd in the MWL in home runs with 119. They're on pace to hit 132 homers in this 132-game season... The franchise record is 127, set in 2017 (when the schedule was 140 games)... TinCaps pitchers have allowed the fewest HR (74) out of 90 High-A, Double-A and Triple-A teams.

STARTING PITCHING: TinCaps starters have the 5th lowest ERA of 120 MiLB clubs (3.57). Their relievers have the 2nd highest ERA (4.82) in the MWL.

NERWILIAN CEDEÑO: Batting .244 in August with 5 2B, 2 HR, and 11 RBIs... had a 14-game on-base streak earlier this month... walk-off 3-R HR last Wednesday.

SAMMY ZAVALA: With Single-A Lake Elsinore, hit 14 homers, 22 doubles, and had 20 stolen bases. Since 2006, only 14 minor leaguers, as a teenager, have hit 15+ HR with 20+ 2B and 20+ SB. The list includes former TinCap Fernando Tatis Jr. in 2017, along with the likes of Ronald Acuña Jr. (2017), Bryce Harper (2011), Christian Yelich (2011), and Andrew McCutcheon (2006). Only one of those prospects (Adael Amador, last year with Single-A Fresno - Rockies) also drew 80+ walks, as Zavala has... He ranks 7th in all of MiLB in walks (91)... Juan Soto leads MLB in walks.

COLTON BENDER: The TinCaps are 17-9 in games he's caught this season.

KERVIN PICHARDO: In August, batting.346 / .424 / .538 (.962 OPS) with 1 2B, 3 HR & 10 RBI.

KAI MURPHY: Turned 23 on Saturday.

ROSTER NOTES: The TinCaps have had 26 different position players this season and 36 pitchers, for a total of 62 on the roster. (The franchise record for most players used in a season is 63, set in 2016 and equaled last year.) Catcher Colton Bender and infielder Carlos Luis are the only position players who've remained on the active roster all year. The only remaining Opening Day starters are infielder Nerwilian Cedeño (2B) and Luis (DH). Relievers Ethan Routzahn, and Adam Smith are the only pitchers who've remained active all season.

FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS: The latest Baseball America farm system rankings have the Padres at No. 7. ranks them 9th and ESPN has San Diego at No. 10.

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