Fort Wayne TinCaps (27-17, 59-53) vs. Quad Cities River Bandits (29-15, 74-38)
RHP Pete Kelich (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Dean Deetz (1-0, 2.45)
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 113
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The first-place TinCaps topped the River Bandits, 4-3 in 11 innings, for their third win in a row. Michael Gettys hit his first career walk-off hit with a single to score Franchy Cordero, who had doubled. Fort Wayne had trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before rallying.
WALK-OFF STREAK: The TinCaps have walked off in each of their last 4 games at Parkview Field, and 9 times overall this season. That’s good for 26% of the team’s home wins. Fort Wayne had 8 walk-offs in all of 2014, and 10 in 2013.
EXTRA GOOD: The TinCaps are now 7-3 in extra-inning games.
HOT MEETS HOT: The TinCaps have won 11 of their last 13 games, while the River Bandits have won 12 of 14. Fort Wayne is in first place in the Eastern Division in the second half, while Quad Cities has the best record in the Midwest League this season. In fact, Quad Cities has the best record in all of affiliated baseball right now.
HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: The TinCaps have won their last 8 games at Parkview Field, going back to and including July 17. Fort Wayne went 6-0 on its most recent homestand, sweeping both Dayton and West Michigan.
NEVER OUT OF IT: The TinCaps have come from behind in 9 of their last 11 victories during this 11-2 stretch.
BULLPEN BIG: Fort Wayne’s allowed 1 run in 5 innings Tuesday. Over the last 13 games (11-2 record), the bullpen has allowed 4 earned runs in 39 2/3 innings. That equates to a 0.91 ERA.
VANMETER RETURNS: Josh VanMeter returned to the TinCaps’ lineup Tuesday for the first time since April 13, when he fractured his left fibula against Lansing. DH-ing and batting Tuesday, the 20-year-old Ossian, Ind., native went 0-for-3, but drew two walks.
MWL EASTERN DIVISION SECOND HALF PLAYOFF PICTURE:
Place Team W-L GB GB WC Streak
1. FORT WAYNE 27-17 — — W3
2. West Michigan 24-19 2.5 — L1
3. Lansing* 24-20 3.0 0.5 W1
4. South Bend 21-23 6.0 3.5 L2
5. Bowling Green 21-23 6.0 3.5 W1
6. Lake County 20-23 6.5 4.0 L2
7. Dayton 19-25 8.0 5.5 L1
8. Great Lakes** 18-26 9.0 6.5 L1
* First Half Division Winner ** First Half Wild Card Winner