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TinCaps Game Notes: August 21 vs. Bowling Green (Game 126)

August 21, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Fort Wayne TinCaps News Release

Fort Wayne TinCaps (24-33, 57-68) @ Dayton Dragons (24-33, 52-75)

RHP Efraín Contreras vs. LHP Connor Curlis

Wednesday, Aug. 21 - Fifth Third Field (Dayton, OH) - First Pitch 7:00 PM (Game 126 / 138)

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LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps fell to the Hot Rods, 6-5. Fort Wayne mounted a three-run ninth inning rally, but eventually left two runners on base in the game's final frame. The TinCaps left 13 combined runners on base in the loss.

MAJOR LEAGUE MATCHUP: The MLB affiliates of the TinCaps (San Diego Padres) and Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) completed a three-game series at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati earlier this afternoon. The Padres took the first game of the series on Monday, 3-2, but fell by the same score on Tuesday night and lost 4-2 in this afternoon's contest. Teammates on the 2016 TinCaps, Eric Lauer and Cal Quantrill, started Monday and Tuesday night's games for the Padres respectively.

MAKING HIS MARK: Shortstop Tucupita Marcano made SportsCenter on Monday night for a behind-the-back flip to second base for a force-out in the 8th inning. It was No. 7 on Top 10 Plays... On June 26, Luis Almanzar made a diving catch at first base that landed at No. 2... In 2017, Fernando Tatis Jr. had 2 catches at shortstop make SC Top Plays, while Reinaldo Ilarraza had 1... Marcano has the 2nd lowest K% in the MWL at 9.3%. He has the 4th lowest swinging strike% (4.6%). With 33 walks against only 43 strikeouts, his BB/K ratio (0.77) ranks 8th. Marcano smacked a double and a triple on Saturday night, his team-leading 35th multi-hit game of the season. It was also Marcano's fourth game with two extra-base hits this season.

HOT CURRY: Left fielder Michael Curry is currently on a season-best 8-game hitting streak and a season-long 12-game on-base streak... In 63 games since May 26, Curry's .912 OPS is 2nd in the MWL to only Lansing's Griffin Conine. Curry's .321 AVG and .419 OBP leads the Midwest League....Curry's .493 SLG is 3rd to just Conine and Gabriel Moreno...During his current 8-game hitting streak, Curry is batting .481 with an OPS of 1.255...The former Georgia Bulldog has two hits in four straight games.

JUST INFORMATION: Over his last 26 games (since July 21), second baseman Justin Lopez has slashed .304/.336/.471 (.807 OPS) with 8 doubles, 3 homers, and 14 RBIs... Lopez, 19, is 1 of only 3 teenagers in the MWL with 11 home runs this season. The others are Burlington infielder Kevin Maitan, the No. 24 Angels prospect, and Lansing catcher Gabriel Moreno, the No. 9 Blue Jays prospect.

DWS, OBP: Outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton leads the MWL in OBP (.409)... He also leads the league in HBP (29), setting a single-season franchise record. That includes being hit by 4 pitches in a game against Cedar Rapids on July 22 (which tied a MiLB record and has never happened before in a MLB game). The previous franchise record for HBP in a season was 23... Williams-Sutton ranks 7th in the MWL in BB% (14.6%)... His 133 wRC+ is tops in the league among active players. (wRC+ is a stat to estimate a player's offensive contribution.)

WALK & RUN: Center fielder Jawuan Harris ranks 3rd in the MWL in stolen bases with 29. He's the only player in the league who's stolen more than 22 bases while be caught stealing fewer than 5 times... Harris ranks 10th in the MWL in BB% (14.1%)....He went 2-for-4 plus a walk on Tuesday night. Harris also had two hits on Monday night, marking the second time this season that he has had consecutive multi-hit games.

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 (3.10).

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