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TinCaps Game Notes: Aug. 21 vs. Lake County (Game 126)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-34 – 7th, 57-68) vs. Lake County Captains (25-29 – 5th, 65-59)

RHP Anderson Espinoza (0-2, 4.57) vs. RHP Triston McKenzie (0-1, 4.50)

Sunday, Aug. 21 — Parkview Field — First Pitch 1:05 p.m. — Game 126

LAST NIGHT: The TinCaps shut out the Captains, 2-0. Thomas Dorminy struck out a career-high 10 batters over 7 innings, while Lou Distasio nailed down the save. Chris Baker accounted for the only runs on the night with a 2-run homer in the fifth.

BURT HOOTON BOBBLEHEAD: Today the TinCaps pay tribute to pitching coach Burt Hooton with the first bobblehead of his career. The Texas native spent 15 years as a pitcher in the majors from 1971-1985 with the Cubs (’71-75), Dodgers (’75-84), and Rangers (’85). He pitched in 480 regular games — 377 as a starter — and finished his career with 151 wins. (He also started 11 postseason games, including 3 World Series victories.) In 1981, Hooton was a National League All-Star, the MVP of the National League Championship Series, and won the World Series with the Dodgers.

BURT’S COACHING TIMELINE: Upon finishing his playing career, Hooton began coaching in 1988 and hasn’t stopped since…

1988-89: Salem Dodgers (Dodgers) – Short Season-A

1990-94: San Antonio Missions (Dodgers) – Double-A

1995-96: Albuquerque Dukes (Dodgers) – Triple-A

1997-99: University of Texas at Arlington

2000: Round Rock Express (Astros) – Double-A

2000-04: Houston Astros

2005-10: Round Rock Express (Astros) – Triple-A

2010– 12: Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros) – Triple-A

2013—: TinCaps (Padres) – Class A

BURT’S TEAMMATES: The short list of legends who Burt was teammates with includes… Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo, Juan Marichal, Don Sutton, Randy Hundley, Bill Buckner, Charlie Hough, Tommy John, Dusty Baker, Davey Lopes, Steve Garvey, Ron Washington, Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Cey, Fernando Valenzuela, Mike Scioscia, and Orel Hershiser. His manager for 10 years was Tommy Lasorda.

BURT’S CHARGES: Here are just some of the more notable names of pitchers Burt has coached over the years… Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Billy Wagner, Roy Oswalt, Dallas Keuchel, Joe Ross, and Zach Eflin.

PRIME PITCHING MATCHUP: Fittingly, today features 2 top-shelf young pitching prospects in 18-year-old Anderson Espinoza, who’s ranked as the No. 1 prospect for the Padres, and Triston McKenzie, who just turned 19 this month and is ranked as the No. 7 prospect for the Indians.

IN THE OTHER DUGOUT: Also fitting that the Captains’ pitching coach is Steve McCatty, who pitched for the A’s from 1977-85. McCatty was the Nationals’ pitching coach from ’09 through last year.