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TinCaps Game Notes: July 18 vs. Cedar Rapids (Game 95)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (9-15, 45-49) vs. Cedar Rapids Kernels (14-10, 50-43)

RHP Chris Paddack (2-0, 0.96) vs. RHP Cody Stashak (6-5, 3.16)

Monday, July 18 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 95

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON: Cedar Rapids beat Fort Wayne, 8-6.

PLAY OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: C Austin Allen’s window-smashing home run at West Michigan last Monday is 1 of 6 candidates for’s Play of the Week. Fans can vote for the homer that cracked the glass of Fifth Third Ballpark’s Pepsi Stadium Club in right-center field by voting here on (Winner named Thursday.) The All-Star Allen is back to catching and batting fifth tonight after being sidelined by illness over the weekend.

ROSTER MOVES — WHO’S COMING: Today, the Padres transferred RHP Aaron Cressley and RHP David Bednar from Short Season-A Tri-City to the TinCaps. Coincidentally, both are natives of western Pennsylvania. Cressley spent part of the 2015 season in Fort Wayne’s bullpen while Bednar becomes the first member of San Diego’s 2016 Draft Class to join the TinCaps. (See Page 7 for more.)

ROSTER MOVES — WHO’S GOING: The Padres also moved RHP Nick Monroe and LHP Nathan Foriest from Fort Wayne to Tri-City.

GIRON HEATS UP: SS Ruddy Giron hit his first home run of the season on Sunday, a two-run shot in the second inning. It was his first long ball since Aug. 6 last year. Giron has reached base in 11 consecutive games, raising his batting average 19 points and his on-base percentage 24 points over that time.

BELEN BASHES: With 2 doubles on Sunday, Carlos Belen now has 59 hits on the season — 32 (54%) have gone for extra bases. He’s the team leader in doubles (21) and triples (6).

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE: OF Jhonatan Peña knocked 2 doubles on Sunday — the first time he’s done that in a game this year. Peña did have multiple extra-base hits 2 other times in his first 70 games.

LEAGUE LEADER: 1B Brad Zunica is tied for the MWL lead in home runs with 12 — 6 of which have come over the first 21 games of the second half. He also leads Fort Wayne in RBIs with 48.

ALUMNI REPORT: 2013 TinCaps ace Zach Eflin turned in a quality start for Philadelphia on Sunday (6 IP, 3 R), but the Phillies lost to the Mets, 5-0. New York starter Jacon deGrom threw a 1-hitter. The only hit he allowed? A single to Eflin in the third inning. (Eflin never had an at-bat with Fort Wayne, but did lead the league with a 2.73 ERA.)

OVERTIME: The average time of game for the TinCaps over the last week (6 games)? 3 hours, 16 minutes.


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