Fort Wayne TinCaps (16-23 – 7th, 52-57) @ South Bend Cubs (26-13 – 1st, 67-41)
LHP Thomas Dorminy (2-3, 3.36) vs. RHP Casey Bloomquist (7-5, 2.90)
Thursday, August 4 — Four Winds Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 110
LAST NIGHT: Fort Wayne lost the opener of its series at South Bend, 2-0. The Cubs scored the game’s only runs in the second.
ALLEN’S HITTING STREAK: With a single last night, Austin Allen extended the longest active hitting streak in the Midwest League to 18 games. Over the stretch, he’s 26-for-69 (.377) with 2 HR and 12 RBI.
This is the longest hitting streak for a TinCap, and tied for the third longest in the league, all season. For more context…
– Longest TinCaps Hitting Streak Since: Jake Bauers, 18 Games (2014)
– Longest Hitting Streak in FW Franchise History: 23 G, Sean Burroughs (1999)
– Longest TinCaps Hitting Streak Last Year: 14 G, Nick Torres
– Longest Current Streak in MiLB: Francisco Mejia, 45 G (24 G w/ Lake County — longest in MWL this year — 21 w/ High-A Lynchburg)
ROSTER MOVES — WHO’S ON TODAY:
– RHP Angel Mejia (transferred from Short Season-A Tri-City). Mejia pitched in 4 games for the TinCaps from May 14-28 with a 5.40 ERA.
ROSTER MOVES — WHO’S OFF TODAY (EFFECTIVE TUESDAY):
– RHP Austin Smith (placed on Disabled List — arm). Smith last pitched on Monday when he allowed 9 runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings against Lansing.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: With Smith going on the DL, the TinCaps are down to 5 players who have stayed on the active roster since Opening Day: C Austin Allen, RHP J.C. Cosme, RHP Jacob Nix, OF Jhonatan Peña, and 1B Brad Zunica.
RIDING RUDDY: Over the last month, Ruddy Giron has looked like the guy who Baseball America ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the MWL last year. Since July 3, Giron is slashing .327/.387/.436 with 8 doubles, a homer, and 8 RBIs.
SUCCESSFUL HOMESTAND: Before last night’s loss, the TinCaps went 6-1 on their weeklong homestand, sweeping West Michigan in a 3-game set and taking 3 of 4 from Lansing. In the process, Fort Wayne made up 4 games on Lansing in the wild card race.
WHAT IF: The TinCaps have played, and lost, more 1-run games than anyone else in the Midwest League (19-23), which includes 3 losses by a run against South Bend. Fort Wayne is also an MWL co-leader in extra-inning losses (7).
RECORD-SETTING ATTENDANCE AT PARKVIEW FIELD: The TinCaps have averaged 5,956 fans per home game this year, which would be a franchise record. It’s also good for the second highest attendance among all Single-A teams (behind only Dayton). Fort Wayne’s attendance is also higher than 27 of 30 Double-A clubs and 13 of 30 Triple-A organizations.