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TinCaps Game Notes: May 3 @ Clinton (Game 26)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (14-11) @ Clinton LumberKings (15-9)

RHP Walker Lockett (0-2, 4.28) vs. RHP Lukas Schiraldi (2-1, 1.82)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — Ashford University Field — First Pitch 1:00 p.m. — Game 26

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: First baseman Brad Zunica crushed a 2-run homer with 1 out in the top of the ninth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit and lead the TinCaps to a 3-2 win in their series opener at Clinton.


· Batting Average: Austin Allen (.462) — 1st in MiLB

· On-Base Percentage: Austin Allen (.542) — 1st in MiLB

· Slugging Percentage: Austin Allen (.588)

· On-Base Plus Slugging: Austin Allen (1.130) — 5th in MiLB

· RBIs: Ty France (19)

· Walks: Ty France (19) — Tied for 4th in MiLB

· Stolen Bases: Michael Gettys (12) — 6th in MiLB

· HRs: Brad Zunica (4 — Tied with 2 others)

· WHIP: Elliot Ashbeck (0.57)

NEVER OUT OF IT: The TinCaps have come-from-behind in half of their 14 wins this year. Monday marked the second time in a week that Fort Wayne rallied to win after trailing at the end of 8 innings.

SNOOZE: Today is Fort Wayne’s third game in the last week starting at 12:05 local time or earlier. The TinCaps beat Peoria, 1-0, last Wednesday in an 11:05 start. On Sunday, the TinCaps lost1-0 to Burlington after a 12:05 first pitch.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: TinCaps starter Walker Lockett is 22 today.

RECOGNIZABLE NAME: Clinton starter Lukas Schiraldi is the son of former major league pitcher Calvin Schiraldi. Calvin had an 8-year MLB career, but may be best known as the losing pitcher for the Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Mets. Calvin also took the L out of the bullpen in Game 7 at Shea Stadium.

BACK IN FORT WAYNE: It’s day 4 of 6 in the Parkview Sports Medicine High School Baseball Series at Parkview Field. At 4:30, Antwerp takes on Hicksville. Then at 7:00, it’s West Noble and Lakeland. (Tomorrow features Heritage vs. Bellmont and South Side vs. Huntington North. On Thursday, it’s Eastside vs. Garrett and Canterbury vs. Blackhawk Christian.)

PRIMARY DAY: The town of Clinton, Iowa, is named after former New York governor and U.S. senator DeWitt Clinton. Bill Clinton (no relation) was in Fort Wayne on Saturday campaigning for his wife Hilary. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders also visited the Fort recently as today Hoosiers vote in the presidential primaries. The TinCaps have 3 players who share a name with a former U.S. president: A.J. Kennedy, Brett Kennedy, and Nick Monroe.