Fort Wayne TinCaps (36-32) vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods (35-32)
LHP Jerry Keel (3-5, 1.95) vs. LHP Michael Velasquez (1-6, 6.25)
Saturday, June 18 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 69
LAST NIGHT: Fort Wayne fell to Bowling Green, 13-5.
STAR WARS JERSEY AUCTION: The TinCaps may have lost on the field on Friday night, but the team’s Star Wars jersey auction raised $4,654 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
3 MILLION FANS: Parkview Field is just 3,017 fans away from welcoming in its 3,000,000th fan since the ballpark opened in 2009. The 3,000,000th fan will have a chance to win $3 million in a surprise contest following tonight’s game.
PACKED PARKVIEW FIELD: Friday’s crowd of 8,180 was the largest of the season here and the eighth sell-out of the season. Fort Wayne’s average attendance so far this year of 5,606 is the second highest among the 60 Single-A clubs and tops 26 of 30 Double-A franchises and 14 of 30 Triple-A organizations. Even with 2 rainouts, this is the highest ever attendance for the TinCaps through 33 games.
LEAGUE LEADERS: TinCaps are among the best in the MWL in…
· Austin Allen: .320 Batting Average (8th)
· J.C. Cosme: 7 Wins (T-2nd)
· Ty France: 39 Walks (3rd), .401 On-Base % (4th), 14 HBP (1st)
· Michael Gettys: 24 Stolen Bases (1st), 66 Games (T-2nd)
LONG NIGHTS: Times of games over the last week…
· Saturday @ DAY: 3 hours, 53 minutes (12 innings)
· Sunday @ DAY: 2 hours, 49 minutes
· Monday vs. WM: 3 hours, 5 minutes
· Tuesday: 2 hours, 59 minutes
· Wednesday: 2 hours, 49 minutes (2 hour, 17-minute rain delay)
· Thursday: 3 hours, 25 minutes
· Friday: 3 hours, 24 minutes
Not counting the rain delay, that averages out to 3 hours, 12 minutes.
ALL-STARS: The TinCaps will be represented in the MWL All-Star game on Tuesday night by center fielder Michael Gettys (starter), catcher Austin Allen, starting pitcher J.C. Cosme, and starting pitcher Jacob Nix.
PARKVIEW FIELD PROMOTIONS
Tonight: ZOOperstars! (Fireworks presented by Indiana Wesleyan)
Tomorrow: Postgame Autographs presented by MetroPCS