Fort Wayne TinCaps (24-16, 56-52) @ Peoria Chiefs (27-13, 60-48)
RHP Dinelson Lamet (3-5, 3.58) vs. RHP Matt Pearce (7-9, 2.94)
Friday, August 7, 2015 — Dozer Park (Peoria, IL) — First Pitch 8:00 p.m. — Game 109
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps beat Burlington, 5-4, in the rubber match of their three-game series at Community Field. Fort Wayne overcame a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the second inning and three in the fifth, and held on from there. Thomas Dorminy, who pitched in Peoria in the Midwest League All-Star Classic, earned his ninth win of the season with six innings of three-run ball.
HOT MEETS HOT: The TinCaps have won eight of their last nine games, while the Chiefs have won three in a row and 24 of their last 30 — it’s tied for their winningest 30-game stretch in franchise history. Fort Wayne enters the series in first place in the Eastern Division. Peoria is in second in the Western Division and holds a 9 1/2-game lead for the Western Division Wild Card.
FIRST PLACE: The TinCaps lead West Michigan by 1 1/2 games for first place in the MWL Eastern Division with 30 games remaining in the regular season, which wraps up on Labor Day (Sept. 7). This weekend the Whitecaps host the Western Division’s first-place team, the Kane County Cougars. Meanwhile, Fort Wayne is 5 games in front of both Bowling Green and South Bend, who are currently tied for the Eastern Division Wild Card.
GIRON HOMERS: Shortstop Ruddy Giron hit his ninth home run of the season Thursday night, tying him with Trae Santos for the team lead in that department. Since Giron joined the TinCaps on May 18, only Lake County’s Bobby Bradley (15), Great Lakes’ Justin Chigbogu (10), and Peoria’s Alex De Leon (10) have hit more in the MWL. Giron has done that as a 5-foot-11 line-drive hitter.
TIMELY HITTING: Four of the five runs the TinCaps scored Thursday came with two outs. In fact, seven of their nine runs in the series at Burlington were with two outs. Over the last nine games, in which the team is 8-1, Fort Wayne is 13-for-36 (.361) with runners in scoring position and two outs. Before this stretch, the TinCaps were hitting .211 as a team in such situations.
MWL EASTERN DIVISION SECOND HALF PLAYOFF PICTURE:
Place Team W-L GB GB WC Streak
1. FORT WAYNE 24-16 — — W1
2. West Michigan 22-17 1.5 — W3
3. Lansing* 21-19 3.0 1.5 L1
4. Bowling Green 19-21 5.0 3.5 L5
5. South Bend 19-21 5.0 3.5 L1
6. Lake County 18-21 5.5 4.0 L3
7. Dayton 18-22 6.0 4.5 L1
8. Great Lakes** 16-24 8.0 6.5 W1
* First Half Division Winner ** First Half Wild Card Winner