Fort Wayne TinCaps (15-14, 47-50) @ Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-14, 52-47)
LHP Thomas Dorminy (7-7, 3.75) vs. RHP Chris Pike (8-3, 3.48)
Saturday, July 25, 2015 — Bowling Green Ballpark (Bowling Green, Ky.) — First Pitch 8:05 p.m. — Game 98
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: A tired TinCaps team lost to the Hot Rods, 3-2. The TinCaps, who had bused eight hours from Lake County, Ohio, through the night after a win Thursday, fell behind 1-0 in the first inning. Catcher Michael Miller hit an RBI double in the third to tie it and second baseman Luis Urias added a run-scoring single later in the frame to put Fort Wayne in front, 2-1. However, Bowling Green knotted the game, 2-2, in the bottom of that inning. Then in the seventh, BG second baseman Riley Unroe broke a personal 0-for-15 slump with what proved to be a game-winning, two-out, opposite-field RBI single to score Carter Burgess, who had doubled.
SOUTHPAW: The TinCaps start a left-hander tonight in Thomas Dorminy. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal this week by Ben Zimmer, “southpaw” is a word that likely has its origin in boxing. Major League Baseball’s Official Historian, John Thorn, says that since both “south” and “left” are associated with the devil, “a southpaw stance would be a particularly wicked one” in the early days of boxing. Along that line, in Latin, “left” means sinister. Yesterday, “Southpaw,” a boxing movie starring Jake Gyllenhall, hit theaters.
ON THIS DAY: In 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In his speech, Williams said, “I hope that one day Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson will be voted into the Hall of Fame as symbols of the great Negro League players who are not here only because they weren’t given the chance.” Five years later, Paige, became the first of now 35 Negro leaguers in Cooperstown.
OH, MY: Padres TV play-by-play broadcaster Dick Enberg received the Frick Award today, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting, by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The award is named after Ford C. Frick, who served as the third Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1951-65. Frick was born on a farm in Wawaka, Ind., which is about 37 miles northwest of Parkview Field. Before a career in journalism and public relations, Frick attended Fort Wayne’s International Business College.
MWL EASTERN DIVISION SECOND HALF PLAYOFF PICTURE
Place Team W-L GB GB Wild Card
1. West Michigan 17-11 — —
T2. FORT WAYNE 15-14 2.5 —
T2. Bowling Green 15-14 2.5 —
T2. Dayton 15-14 2.5 —
T2. South Bend 15-14 2.5 —
T2. Lansing* 15-14 2.5 —
7. Lake County 12-16 5.0 2.5
8. Great Lakes** 11-18 6.5 4.0
* First Half Division Winner ** First Half Wild Card Winner