Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-19) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (20-17)
RHP Jacob Nix (0-0, 2.61) vs. RHP Shane Greene (MLB Rehab)
Friday, May 20 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 41
LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps came from behind twice to upend the Lansing Lugnuts, 5-4, and win the 3-game series. Fort Wayne scored three runs in the second, tied the game in the sixth and surged ahead in the seventh on an RBI single by shortstop Ruddy Giron.
HIGH SCHOOL SPIRIT NIGHT: The TinCaps are wearing special green jerseys tonight in the style of letterman jackets for High School Spirit Night, presented by Shindigz. They’re being auctioned off online at TinCapsJersey.com. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy at Anthis. Last night, the TinCaps raised $3,635 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer on Turn the Park Pink Night with pink jerseys that were also auctioned off.
MLB PITCHER IN THE PARK: Detroit Tigers RHP ShaneGreene will start for the Whitecaps tonight in a rehab appearance. Greene, 27, made four appearances for the Tigers in April but landed on the disabled list April 28 with a blister on his right middle finger. He made his MLB debut in 2014 with the Yankees and posted a 3.78 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts). After he was traded to the Tigers, Greene logged 16 starts (6.88 ERA) with Detroit in 2015.
RECENT REHABBERS: Greene is the first big leaguer to rehab at Parkview Field since then-Padres catcher Tim Federowicz played five games with the TinCaps from July 12-17. Federowicz, who is now with the Chicago Cubs, went 5-for-16 (.313) with a home run and 3 RBIs. Greene is the first Whitecaps rehabber since Luke Putkonen pitched for West Michigan in 2014. On Aug. 28 of that year, the TinCaps roughed up Putkonen, who lasted just 0.2 innings and gave up a grand slam to Ronnie Richardson. Six days later, Josh VanMeter ripped a two-run single off Putkonen to lift the TinCaps to a 7-5 win in the playoffs.
AMONG THE BEST: TinCaps are among the Midwest League leaders in the following categories…
– Batting Average: Austin Allen (.362) — 2nd
– On-Base Percentage: Austin Allen (.443) — 2nd
– Games: Michael Gettys (39) — 1st
– Runs: Michael Gettys (25) — T-4th
– Stolen Bases: Michael Gettys (16) — T-2nd
PARKVIEW FIELD PROMOTIONS
Friday: High School Spirit Night, pres. by Shindigz*
Sunday: Postgame Autographs, pres. by MetroPCS
Monday: US Foods Family Feast Night