Fort Wayne TinCaps (36-18, 68-54) @ South Bend Cubs (27-27, 56-65)
RHP Pete Kelich (2-0, 1.80) vs. RHP Zach Hedges (7-7, 3.73)
Sunday, August 23, 2015 — Four Winds Field (South Bend, Ind.) — First Pitch 2:05 p.m. — Game 123
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps shut out the Cubs, 2-0. Fort Wayne scored a run in the first with a Michael Gettys triple and Luis Urias sacrifice fly. The TinCaps added another in the fifth when Trae Santos singled home Franchy Cordero from second. Thomas Dorminy matched a career high with 7 scoreless innings. Yimmi Brasoban and Colby Blueberg each worked an inning out of the bullpen.
STREAKING: The TinCaps have won 8 series in a row, including 4 straight on the road. Since July 28, Fort Wayne boasts a 20-3 record.
0000000000: Saturday was Fort Wayne’s 10th shutout win of the season. All 10 have come since May 31 — the highest total in the MWL in that time.
CHANCE TO SWEEP: The TinCaps haven’t swept a 3-game series on the road this year. Their only sweep away from Parkview Field was a 2-game set at Dayton on July 2 and 3. Fort Wayne’s last sweep on the road came at Bowling Green last year to end the season.
HEATING UP: Both Michael Gettys and Franchy Cordero are on their longest hitting streaks of the season right now. Gettys has hit safely in 9 consecutive games, while Cordero has a hit in each of his last 6.
DID YOU KNOW: TinCaps starting pitcher Pete Kelich had Tommy John surgery in May of 2014. Fort Wayne pitching coach Burt Hooton was teammates with John on the Dodgers from 1975-78. In fact, they roomed together. John had the surgery that bears his name in ‘74.
PITCHING WINS: The TinCaps are 16-3 this month thanks in large part to a 2.11 ERA — the lowest in the MWL for August. Meanwhile, the club is hitting .243 this month, which ranks 12th out of 16.
MWL EASTERN DIVISION SECOND HALF PLAYOFF PICTURE:
Place Team W-L GB GB WC Streak
1. FORT WAYNE 36-18 — — W2
2. West Michigan 33-21 3.0 — W2
3. Lake County 27-27 9.0 6.0 L2
4. South Bend 27-27 9.0 6.0 L3
5. Bowling Green 26-28 10.0 7.0 L1
6. Lansing* 26-28 10.0 7.0 W2
7. Dayton 24-30 12.0 9.0 L1
8. Great Lakes** 23-31 13.0 10.0 W1
* First Half Division Winner ** First Half Wild Card Winner