Fort Wayne TinCaps (32-26) @ Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-28)
LHP Logan Allen (3-3, 2.93) vs. LHP Genesis Cabrera (5-2, 2.23)
Wednesday, June 8 — Bowling Green Ballpark — First Pitch 1:05 p.m. — Game 59
LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps blanked Bowling Green, 1-0. Austin Allen drove in the game’s only run with a fourth-inning sac fly.
ALL-STARS: The TinCaps had 5 players named to the MWL Eastern Division All-Star team on Tuesday, as voted upon by league managers. OF Michael Gettys will start in the game, while C Austin Allen is a reserve. RHPs J.C. Cosme, Enyel De Los Santos, and Jake Nix are on the pitching staff. The game is set for Tuesday, June 21 in Cedar Rapids. Fort Wayne hasn’t had this many all-stars since boasting 6 in 2010 when the game was at Parkview Field.
HEATING UP: The TinCaps have won 6 of 7 and 9 of their last 12. At 32-26, Fort Wayne is 6 games above .500 for the first time this year.
PITCHING WINS: The TinCaps have yielded a mere 12 runs (8 earned) over their last 7 games, in which they’re 6-1. That’s good for a 1.14 ERA. On the season, Fort Wayne’s 2.94 ERA ranks second in the MWL behind only West Michigan (2.83), while Fort Wayne’s 1.20 WHIP is also second in the league to Kane County (1.18). TinCaps pitchers have walked the fewest batters per game in the MWL (2.4) and hit the fewest (12). Tuesday marked Fort Wayne’s fourth shutout win of the season.
TIDWELL TURNS UP: Kodie Tidwell is on an 18-game on-base streak going back to May 13. It’s the longest such streak of the season for a TinCap. He’s hit safely in 16 of those games. Over this time, Tidwell has slashed .300/.372/.500 with 11 runs, 7 RBIs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 home runs. He’s walked 7 times, been hit by a pitch, and stolen 5 bases, as he’s raised his batting average 60 points and his on-base percentage 51 points to .238 and .319, respectively. Tidwell has DH-ed, played 2B, 3B, SS, and LF over this time.
NO PEÑA, NO GAIN: The TinCaps’ 9-3 stretch has coincided with the awakening of Jhonatan Peña. The outfielder woke up on May 25 with a .161 batting average, no home runs, and 3 RBIs. Over the last 13 games, Peña is 20-for-50 (.400) with a homer and 11 RBIs. He also has 3 doubles and a triple during the stretch with 5 runs scored. The 22-year-old has raised his batting average 84 points up to .245, his on-base 65 points to .285, and his slugging 125 points to .329.
IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK: The TinCaps as a team this year have hit lefties slightly better than righties (.240 vs. .235). Surprisingly, all 4 of Fort Wayne’s left-handed bats have highlighted the trend: Austin Allen (.362 vs. .286)… Kodie Tidwell (.273 vs. .222)… Peter Van Gansen (.233 vs. .232)… Brad Zunica (.291 vs. .233).
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