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TinCaps Game Notes: July 13 vs. Quad Cities (Game 90)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (8-11, 44-45) vs. Quad Cities River Bandits (10-9, 41-47)

RHP Chris Paddack (2-0, 1.11) vs. RHP Yoanys Quiala (1-6, 3.88)

Wednesday, July 13 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 90

MONDAY AFTERNOON: After a 2-plus hour rain delay before the first pitch, the TinCaps played their longest game of the season by both time (4:02) and innings (13), outlasting the West Michigan Whitecaps, 4-3, to earn a series split. The game was tied 3-3 from the bottom of the 7th until the top of the 13th, when Brad Zunica smacked a solo shot to right field—Fort Wayne’s 3rd HR of the game.

ROSTER CONTINUITY: The TinCaps have had the same roster since July 4, the longest stretch they’ve gone this season without a roster move. Forty-six different Padres farmhands have played for the TinCaps this season (compared to 45 in all of the 2015 campaign).

STERLING STARTS: In the last cycle through the TinCaps starting rotation, Chris Paddack, Thomas Dorminy, Jerry Keel, Austin Smith and Jake Nix have combined to post a 2.52 ERA (7 earned runs in 25 innings pitched) with 16 strikeouts and 0 walks. In his TinCaps debut last Thursday at Parkview Field, Paddack fanned six South Bend Cubs in four innings of one-run ball.

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: The TinCaps have now played in 33 games decided by one run (15-18), the most in the division and tied for the second-most in the Midwest League.

MLB ALL-STAR GAME: A pair of former Fort Wayne pitchers represented the American League in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in San Diego. 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner and 2008 Fort Wayne Wizard Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians) earned the win with a scoreless inning. Orioles reliever Brad Brach, who saved 33 games with a 1.41 ERA for the 2009 Midwest League champion TinCaps, earned his first All-Star nod.

RUDDY’S RESURGENCE: Shortstop Ruddy Giron is riding a season-long 7-game hitting streak after a 1-for-6 effort Sunday. With his two-run single Friday night, Giron posted his third multi-RBI game of the season — his first since April 16.

EVOLVING OUTFIELD: With Michael Gettys’ mid-season promotion to Advanced-A Lake Elsinore and Rod Boykin’s stint on the disabled list, the TinCaps outfield has changed shape. Through 19 second-half games, the TinCaps have only trotted out the same outfield once in consecutive games (June 29-30 against Dayton).


Thursday: Thirsty ThursdayTM, pres. by Rudy’s*

Friday: The Tonight Show Spotlight*

Saturday: ZOOperstars!*

Sunday: Postgame Autographs, pres. by MetroPCS

Monday: Jake the Diamond Dog, US Foods Family Feast Night*

* = Fireworks