Fort Wayne TinCaps (33-26) @ Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-29)
RHP Austin Smith (1-3, 3.63) vs. RHP Jose Mujica (2-2, 4.56)
Thursday, June 9 — Bowling Green Ballpark — First Pitch 7:35 p.m. — Game 60
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON: Michael Gettys (4-for-4, 4 1B, 2 R) and Austin Allen (2-for-5, HR, 4 RBIs) combined to lead the TinCaps to a 6-2 win over the Hot Rods in the middle meeting of the 3-game set. Right-hander Blake Rogers tossed four shutout innings in relief.
HEATING UP: The TinCaps have won 7 of 8 and 10 of their last 13. At 33-26, Fort Wayne is 7 games above .500 for the first time this year.
GERARDO RAY-ES: TinCaps reliever Gerardo Reyes, who picked up his third save in Tuesday’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Hot Rods, began his career in the Rays organization. Reyes signed with Tampa in 2013 out of Mexico and was traded to the Padres in December 2014. Reyes (2.20 ERA) is making his San Diego organizational debut this season after missing the 2015 campaign with a shoulder injury suffered after the trade.
DRAFT DAYS: The MLB Draft kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. ET with the first 77 picks (Round 1, Competitive Balance Round A, Round 2 and Competitive Balance Round B). The Padres hold picks No. 8, 24 (compensation for Justin Upton’s signing with the Tigers), 25 (compensation for Ian Kennedy’s signing with the Royals), 48 and 71. Rounds 3 through 10 are held Friday. The Draft concludes with Rounds 11-40 on Saturday.
TIDWELL TURNS UP: Kodie Tidwell is on an 19-game on-base streak going back to May 13. It’s the longest such streak of the season for a TinCap and the second-longest active streak in the Midwest League. He’s hit safely in 17 of those games. Over this time, Tidwell has slashed .293/.361/.480 with 11 runs, 8 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 58 points and his on-base percentage 47 points to .236 and .315, respectively. Tidwell has DH-ed, played 2B, 3B, SS, and LF over this time.
NO PEÑA, NO GAIN: The TinCaps’ 10-3 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 14 games, Peña is 20-for-54 (.370) with a homer and 12 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 77 points up to .238, his on-base 56 points to .276, and his slugging 116 points to .320.
PITCHING WINS: The TinCaps have yielded a mere 14 runs (10 earned) over their last 8 games, in which they’re 7-1.
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