Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-29) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (25-26)
RHP Ernesto Montas (4-3, 3.31) vs. RHP A.J. Ladwig (4-4, 4.40)
Monday, June 1, 2015 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 51
ABOUT YESTERDAY: The TinCaps swept a doubleheader at home against the West Michigan Whitecaps. Fort Wayne took Game 1, 3-0, as Michael Kelly (5.0 IP) and T.J. Weir (2.0 IP) combined for the team’s first shutout win of the year. Offensively, Chase Jensen drove in a run and Ruddy Giron smacked a two-run homer. In Game 2, Thomas Dorminy yielded just an unearned run in 6.0 IP. Franmil Reyes broke a tie-game in the sixth with a sac fly to lift the TinCaps to a 2-1 victory. It was Fort Wayne’s third doubleheader in six days.
GETTING HOT: The TinCaps are 6-2 on this homestand which ends tonight. Since May 21, Fort Wayne is 9-4. That’s the best record in the MWL East Division over that time. The TinCaps are tied with the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the West Division for the most wins in the MWL since May 21.
CHANCE TO SWEEP: With a win tonight, the TinCaps will have swept a four-game series for the first time since Aug. 3-6, 2010 at Lansing. The last time Fort Wayne swept a four-game series at Parkview Field was Aug. 15-18, 2009 against Dayton.
LIGHTS OUT: TinCaps pitchers haven’t allowed an earned run over their last 23 innings. In Game 1 Sunday, Fort Wayne pitched its first shutout of the season. The only run allowed in Game 2 was unearned. The TinCaps went the final 8 innings of Friday night’s 5-4, 12-inning win without allowing a run at all. West Michigan’s fourth run in the fourth inning was unearned. Through the first eight games of the homestand, the TinCaps have a 1.46 ERA.
DON’T LOOK NOW: The TinCaps enter Monday 5.5 games behind Bowling Green for the East Division wild card. Fort Wayne’s next seven games are against teams with losing records, including sets at Beloit and Wisconsin, who have the two worst records in the MWL.
EXTRA, EXTRA: The TinCaps lead the MWL in extra-base hits with 146. Fort Wayne has hit 99 doubles, 18 triples, and 29 home runs.