Fort Wayne TinCaps (29-17, 61-53) vs. Cedar Rapids Kernels (27-19, 68-48)
RHP Ernesto Montas (9-6, 3.48) vs. LHP Randy Rosario (1-3, 3.21)
Friday, August 14, 2015 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 115
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps completed a sweep of the Quad Cities River Bandits with a 3-0 win. Michael Gettys gave Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead in the 3rd with an inside-the-park home run (FW’s first since Aug. 8, 2013 — Diego Goris). Edwin Moreno added an RBI single in the fifth and Luis Tejada scored an unearned run in the seventh. Dinelson Lamet tossed 5 scoreless, followed by Nick Monroe (1.2 IP) and Kyle McGrath (2.1 IP) out of the bullpen.
ON A ROLL: The TinCaps have won 5 straight and 13 of their last 15.
HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: The TinCaps have won 10 games in a row at Parkview Field going back to July 17. On the year, no one in the MWL has more home wins than Fort Wayne’s 37.
SCORELESS INNINGS STREAK: The TinCaps haven’t allowed a run in 22 consecutive innings entering Friday. The last run surrendered by Fort Wayne was in the seventh (of 11) on Tuesday.
000000000: Thursday was Fort Wayne’s 9th shutout victory of the season, and second straight. All have come since May 31. Over that time, the TinCaps lead the MWL in shutout wins.
BULLPEN BRILLIANCE: Fort Wayne’s pen threw 4 scoreless innings Thursday. Over the last 15 games (13-2), the bullpen has allowed 4 earned runs in 47 2/3 innings. That equates to a 0.76 ERA.
STANDING ROOM ONLY: Thursday’s crowd of 8,322 was the 17th sellout of the season at Parkview Field. Tonight will be the 18th. Through the first 55 openings of the season, the TinCaps have averaged 5,821 fans per game (second only to DAY in the MWL). Last year the club set a record for attendance, averaging 5,810 fans.
THE OTHER GUYS: The Kernels have one of Minnesota’s Top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com: SS Nick Gordon (No. 6).
MWL EASTERN DIVISION SECOND HALF PLAYOFF PICTURE:
Place Team W-L GB GB WC Streak
1. FORT WAYNE 29-17 — — W5
2. West Michigan 26-19 2.5 — W2
3. Lansing* 24-22 5.0 2.5 L2
4. South Bend 23-23 6.0 3.5 W2
5. Bowling Green 23-23 6.0 3.5 W3
6. Lake County 21-24 7.5 5.0 L1
7. Dayton 20-26 9.0 6.5 W1
8. Great Lakes** 19-27 10.0 7.5 L1
* First Half Division Winner ** First Half Wild Card Winner