Fort Wayne TinCaps (4-7) @ Lansing Lugnuts (10-4)
ABOUT LAST GAME: Despite freezing-cold weather, the TinCaps tallied a season-high 19 hits and beat the Lansing Lugnuts, 9-5, at Cooley Law School Stadium on Wednesday night.
FLURRY OF HITS: As snow flakes fell Wednesday night, all nine batters in Fort Wayne’s lineup produced at least one hit and five drove in at least one run. The impressive hitting display came on a night in which the temperature started at 37 degrees and felt like it was in the 20s with the wind chill.
OFFENSIVE-MINDED: Of the 16 teams in the Midwest League, the TinCaps rank second in batting average (.272), third in on-base percentage (.333), second in slugging percentage (.392), and second in on-base plus slugging (.724).
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE: Despite playing at least three fewer games than everyone in the league besides Great Lakes, the TinCaps lead the MWL in doubles with 28, including six on Wednesday night. Outfielder Nick Torres has six of those doubles — tied for second most in the league.
GLOBAL GAME: From the sixth through ninth innings Wednesday, all nine TinCaps on the field were from foreign countries. First baseman Trae Santos, of Guam, was joined by eight natives of the Dominican Republic: Miguel Del Castillo (catcher), Felipe Blanco (second), Duanel Jones (third), Franchy Cordero (short), Henry Charles (left), Edwin Moreno (center), Franmil Reyes (right), and relievers Dinelson Lamet and Yimmi Brasoban.
IMPORTANT EYES: Fort Wayne’s successful night Wednesday came in front of not only Padres Senior Advisor for Baseball Operations Trevor Hoffman, who had been with the team since Sunday, but also Player Development Director Sam Geaney and Special Assistant for Player Development Moises Alou. Hoffman is no longer with the TinCaps tonight, but Geaney and Alou will remain with the squad for several days.