Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-20) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (21-17)
LHP Thomas Dorminy (1-5, 8.91 in Advanced-A) vs. LHP Trent Szkutnik (1-0, 1.35)
Saturday, May 21 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 42
LAST NIGHT: The Whitecaps claimed the opener in the four-game series with a 3-1 victory thanks to runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The TinCaps rallied in the bottom of the ninth with four hits, and Carlos Belen scored on an RBI groundout by Michael Gettys. However, two batters later, Kodie Tidwell singled and Whitecaps right fielder Jose Azocar threw out Brad Zunica at the plate.
BELEN BASHING: TinCaps 3B Carlos Belen is in the midst of a season-long five-game hitting streak. Over that stretch, he’s hitting .353 (6-for-17) with five runs scored. The 20-year old from the Dominican Republic has an extra-base hit in each of those five games (three doubles and two triples).
RALLIES AND RESILIENCY: Fort Wayne has played in a league-high 18 one-run games, while the other 15 Midwest League teams have played in an average of 10.5 one-run games apiece. The TinCaps have also had six games decided by two runs, meaning 59 percent of their games have been one- or two-run affairs. Fort Wayne also has nine come-from-behind wins.
WINGIN’ IT: TinCaps reliever Trey Wingenter still hasn’t allowed an earned run in 2016. The righty made two appearances with Advanced-A Lake Elsinore and fanned five in three innings. Wingenter has logged five appearances out of the bullpen with the TinCaps and has struck out 11. Armed with a fastball that’s been clocked as high as 97 MPH this season, Wingenter has 16 strikeouts in 10 innings.
AMONG THE BEST: TinCaps are among the Midwest League leaders in the following categories…
· Batting Average: Austin Allen (.355) — 2nd
· On-Base Percentage: Austin Allen (.435) — 2nd
· Games: Michael Gettys (40) — 1st
· Runs: Michael Gettys (25) — T-4th
· Stolen Bases: Michael Gettys (16) — T-2nd
LIFE AT HOME: Tonight is the fifth game in the first of three seven-game homestands for the TinCaps at Parkview Field, the longest of the season. In each of the previous three games, the team has reached at least 6,115 in attendance.
PARKVIEW FIELD PROMOTIONS
Sunday: Postgame Autographs, pres. by MetroPCS
Monday: US Foods Family Feast Night