Fort Wayne TinCaps (29-36) vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-30)
RHP Michael Kelly (2-1, 6.00) vs. RHP Greg Harris (3-4, 4.28)
Friday, June 19, 2015 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 66
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps avoided being swept at Fifth Third Ballpark as they beat the West Michigan Whitecaps, 4-1.
HOT AT HOME: The TinCaps have won four consecutive series at Parkview Field.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: The TinCaps, along with West Michigan and South Bend, have been eliminated from the first-half Eastern Division playoff chase. However, Fort Wayne has a chance to play spoiler this weekend. While Lansing has clinched one of the two playoff bids, the other remains on the line.
1. Lansing Lugnuts 40-27 —
2. Great Lakes Loons 37-28 —
T3. Bowling Green Hot Rods 37-30 1.0
T3. Dayton Dragons 37-30 1.0
5. Lake County Captains 35-30 2.0
WISLER MAKING MLB DEBUT: Former TinCaps pitcher Matt Wisler is starting for the Braves tonight at Turner Field as Atlanta hosts the New York Mets. The 22-year-old from Bryan, Ohio (about one hour away from Parkview Field), was called up Friday from the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves. After passing on a scholarship to Ohio State, Wisler was selected by the Padres in the 7th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. In his first full pro season in 2012 with the TinCaps, Wisler started 23 games and had the league’s third lowest ERA, 2.53. On Aug. 27, 2014, the TinCaps hosted a Matt Wisler Bobblehead Night. He returned to Parkview Field in Sept. to sign autographs for fans.
THE OTHER GUYS: The Bowling Green Hot Rods roster features the following Top 30 Tampa Bay Rays prospects according to MLB.com:
5. INF Casey Gillaspie
6. RHP Brent Honeywell
10. C Nick Ciuffo
17. OF Justin Williams
1. #1 Michael Gettys CF — Leading off for first time since May 26.
2. #12 Ruddy Giron SS — Batting second for only the second time this year.
3. #10 Nick Torres DH — Tied for 2nd in Minor League Baseball with 22 2B.
4. #16 Trae Santos 1B* — Drove in Fort Wayne’s first run on Thursday night.
5. #34 Franmil Reyes RF — Has drawn 7 BB in June (10 total in April + May).
6. #22 Franchy Cordero LF* — Hitting .294 in June with 1 HR and 5 RBI.
7. #25 Luis Tejada 3B — Playing here for the first time since July 27, 2014.
8. #21 Jose Ruiz C — Has caught 29 runners attempting to steal; 3rd in MiLB.
9. #24 Chase Jensen 2B — Last homestand: In 4 games, 4-for-11, HR, 6 RBI.