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TinCaps Game Notes: June 28 At Great Lakes (Game 72)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (2-1, 34-37) @ Great Lakes Loons (1-2, 39-32)

RHP Ernesto Montas (6-4, 3.71) vs. RHP Grant Holmes (3-0, 3.68)

Sunday, June 28, 2015 — Dow Diamond (Midland, MI) — First Pitch 2:05 p.m. — Game 72

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps were locked in another one-run game with the Great Lakes Loons on Saturday and prevailed, 2-1. Brad Wieck won his second straight start and struck out nine batters. Chase Jensen and Jose Ruiz drove in the two runs in the fourth inning that proved to be the game winners.

FIRST-CLASS RUN: Fort Wayne has been one of the best teams in the Midwest League in the month of June. In fact, since June 10th, the TinCaps own the second best record in the league. Dayton is 11-4 since that date, but Fort Wayne is right behind the Dragons with a 10-4 record of its own.

WALKING THE TIGHT ROPE: Fort Wayne and Great Lakes have played 31 innings in their first three games of this series (with a 13-inning game on Thursday). All but one of those innings have featured a tie score or a lead of no more than one run for either team. That inning was the 13th frame on Thursday when the TinCaps scored three runs to clinch a 4-1 win. These two Eastern Division teams played three other one-run games in late May at Parkview Field. The average margin of victory in eight games during the season series is less than two runs a game (1.6).

BULLPEN SHINES: The TinCaps’ bullpen is a main reason for preserving many of the pressure-packed wins lately. Relievers have allowed just three runs over their last seven games. That translates to a 0.92 ERA during that span (29 1/3 innings).

GIVE ME A K: Fort Wayne pitchers struck out 15 Loons batters on Saturday, the most for a nine-inning game this year. In the series, that makes 36 total punch-outs, the most prolific three-game stretch this season for TinCaps pitchers.

A TALE OF TWO STARS: Ruddy Giron (.363) and Nick Torres (.324) are two of Fort Wayne’s best hitters. This is the first game all season that both have been absent from the lineup.