Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-37 – 8th, 57-71) @ Great Lakes Loons (28-29 – 3rd, 57-70)
LHP Logan Allen (3-3, 3.07) vs. LHP Caleb Ferguson (1-4, 3.67)
Wednesday, Aug. 24 — Dow Diamond (Midland, Mich.) — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 129
LAST NIGHT: Fort Wayne lost to Great Lakes, 9-2. The Loons jumped out to a 4-0 lead with 4 in the third and then turned it into a route with 5 in the eighth. The TinCaps scored their runs on a solo homer from Jose Carlos Ureña and a Hunter Redman RBI double.
ROSTER MOVES — WHO’S ON TODAY:
– LHP Logan Allen activated from the Disabled List (left elbow)
– C Marcus Greene Jr. activated from the Disabled List (concussion)
ROSTER MOVES — WHO’S OFF TODAY:
– RHP Corey Kimber transferred to High-A Lake Elsinore
– C Hunter Redman transferred to Short Season-A Tri-City
BEEN A WHILE: Tonight will be Logan Allen’s first start with the TinCaps since June 8 at Bowling Green. He’s been on the Disabled List since with mild left elbow soreness, although he recently rehabbed in 3 games with the Peoria Padres (Arizona League) and 1 with the Tri-City Dust Devils (Northwest League)… As for Marcus Greene Jr., he left Fort Wayne’s game on Aug. 11 against the Hot Rods when he was behind the plate and a foul ball smacked into his mask. He was diagnosed with a concussion.
ALLEN’S AN ALL-STAR AGAIN: As announced on late Monday afternoon, Midwest League managers voted Austin Allen as the league’s Post-Season All-Star catcher. Allen leads the TinCaps in batting average (.309), on-base percentage (.353), slugging percentage (.416), hits (119), and total bases (160).
ALUMNI REPORT: 2015 TinCaps infielder Luis Urias — now with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm — was voted California League MVP. Urias, who’s only 19 years old, hit .290 with a .370 on-base percentage in 51 games with Fort Wayne last year. So far this year in 108 Cal League games, he’s slashed .324/.392/.426.
OFFENSIVE OFFENSE: Since scoring 13 runs in a win over Bowling Green on Aug. 13, the TinCaps have scored a total of 15 runs over their last 11. Fort Wayne is 1-10 over this stretch. Meanwhile, the team has dropped 10 consecutive games on the road.
MWL EASTERN DIVISION SECOND HALF WILD CARD RACE:
Team W-L GB Streak
Great Lakes Loons 28-29 — W2
Lansing Lugnuts 28-30 0.5 L2
Lake County Captains 26-32 2.5 L3
Dayton Dragons 22-36 6.5 W2
Fort Wayne TinCaps 21-37 7.5 L3
South Bend won the first half division title. West Michigan won the first half wild card. Bowling Green is 9.5 games ahead of Great Lakes for first place in the second half.