Fort Wayne TinCaps (16-13) @ Kane County Cougars (16-12)
RHP Jacob Nix (0-0, 3.07) vs. RHP Justin Donatella (4-0, 0.94)
Saturday, May 7, 2016 — Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (Geneva, IL) — First Pitch 2:00 p.m. — Game 30
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps beat the Cougars in Kane County, 5-4, to even the series at a game a piece.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: Fort Wayne is going for its 4th consecutive series win. A victory today would make it a winning road trip for the TinCaps, who’ve gone 3-2 so far against Clinton and Kane County.
MOST TEAM STRIKEOUTS SINCE: Brett Kennedy (10), Trey Wingenter (5), and Gerardo Reyes (2) combined for 17 strikeouts Friday night — the most strikeouts in game for the TinCaps since they had 17 on April 16, 2014. That was an 18-inning game at Parkview Field against Burlington.
The last time Fort Wayne racked up 17+ strikeouts in a 9-inning game was Aug. 25, 2011 at South Bend (18). The starting pitcher was Keyvius Sampson, who’s now a starter for the Reds. He fanned 9 in 5 IP. Kevin Quackenbush, now a Padres reliever, struck out the side in the ninth. (The franchise record for strikeouts in a game is 20 — set in a 16-inning game on August 21, 2013 vs. South Bend.)
MOST INDIVIDUAL STRIKEOUTS SINCE: Kennedy’s 10 Ks were the most for a TinCaps pitcher since Kyle Lloyd fanned 10 Lansing batters on Aug. 4, 2014 at Parkview Field. Lloyd is now a reliever with Double-A San Antonio. (The franchise record for strikeouts in a game is 15 — held by LaTroy Hakwins, who did it on June 25, 1993 against Cedar Rapids.)
INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE LEADERS: TinCaps lead the MWL in…
· Batting Average: Austin Allen (.425) — 1st in MiLB
· Slugging Percentage: Austin Allen (.538)
· On-Base Plus Slugging: Austin Allen (1.048)
· RBIs: Ty France (21)
· Walks: Ty France (20*) — Tied for 10th in MiLB
· Stolen Bases: Michael Gettys (13) — Tied for 9th in MiLB
· Games: Michael Gettys (28*) – Tied for 1st in MiLB
* Tied for league lead
ALUMNI REPORT: Mat Latos, who pitched for the TinCaps in 2009 and the Wizards in 2008, started and won for the White Sox against the Twins on Friday night. Latos is now 5-0 with a 2.62 ERA. He’s one of 29 former TinCaps/Wizards to play in the Majors so far this season.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: The Midwest League is off on Sunday in honor of Mother’s Day. We hope all the moms reading this have a wonderful day.