TinCaps Game Notes: August 14 at Lansing (Game 119)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-29, 54-64) @ Lansing Lugnuts (26-24, 58-61)
LHP Omar Cruz vs. RHP Fitz Stadler
Wednesday, Aug. 14 - Cooley Law School Stadium (Lansing, Mich.) - First Pitch 7:05 PM (Game 119 / 138)
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LAST GAME: Prior to Tuesday's day off, the TinCaps beat the Cubs in South Bend, 3-1. Catcher Juan Fernandez blasted a home run while Michael Curry added an RBI single. Edwuin Bencomo tossed 5 innings of 1-run ball.
BACK IN THE FORT: Parkview Field is preparing to host the K105fm Country Fest on Thursday night, featuring Justin Moore, The Cadillac Three, Ashley McBryde, and Dylan Schneider. Previous performers at the ballpark include Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Bob Dylan, Dierks Bentley, and Jake Owen.
WHAT'S ON THE LINE: With 20 games remaining in the regular season, the TinCaps trail South Bend by 6 games for the second-half Eastern Division wild card. Fort Wayne is 5 games back of Lansing.
MAKING HIS MARK: Infielder Tucupita Marcano has the 2nd lowest K% in the MWL at 9%. His swinging strike% (4%) ranks 3rd. With 32 walks against 41 strikeouts, he ranks 8th in BB/K (0.78).
HUNTING HITS: Catcher Blake Hunt has slashed .296/.357/.419 (.776 OPS) over his last 49 games since May 26 with 15 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, and 20 RBIs. This comes after he slashed .192/.301/.312 (.613) in his first 35 games.
HOT CURRY: Outfielder Michael Curry's season got off to a slow start. After starting in Extended Spring Training, he appeared in 5 April games before going back to Extended. He returned Memorial Day Weekend and went 0-for-6 in his first 2 games back. But in 58 games since May 26, he ranks 3rd in the MWL in OBP (.401), 5th in OPS (.875), 5th in AVG (.304), 5th in RBIs (37), and 7th in SLG (.474).
RUIZ BATTED IN: Outfielder Agustin Ruiz ranks 9th in the MWL in RBIs (53). He's tied with Lake County's Bo Naylor for 1st in RBIs among teenagers.
JUST INFORMATION: Over his last 20 games (dating back to July 21), infielder Justin Lopez has slashed .308/.33/.449 (.782 OPS) with 5 doubles, 2 homers, and 11 RBIs... Entering this series, Lopez, 19, is 1 of only 5 teenagers in the MWL with 10+ home runs this season. The others are Peoria's Nolan Gorman, who was drafted by the Cardinals 19th overall in 2018 (he hit 10 before a mid-season promotion), Burlington's Kevin Maitan, who was rated as the No. 1 international free agent prospect in 2016, Lansing's Gabriel Moreno, the No. 9 Blue Jays prospect, and Lake County's Bo Naylor, Cleveland's No. 5.
WALK & RUN: Outfielder Jawaun Harris ranks 3rd in the MWL in stolen bases with 29. For that matter, he's only been caught stealing 4 times, making him the only player in the league with 23+ SB and < 5 CS. Harris is also 6th in the MWL in BB% (14%).
LINE DRIVE LEE: Infielder Lee Solomon ranks 4th in the MWL in line drive % at 20% on batted balls in play. He's tied with Blake Hunt and Agustin Ruiz for the team lead in doubles (21). He's driven in 8 runs so far through 10 games in August.
IN CONTROL: TinCaps pitchers have issued the fewest walks in the MWL this season, averaging just 2.9 per 9 innings. Fort Wayne also has the best ratio of strikeouts to walks (3.12).
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