Fort Wayne TinCaps (7-13) at South Bend Cubs (12-8)
LHP Jerry Keel (2.76) vs. RHP Tyson Miller (4.66)
Thursday, April 27, 2017— Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 21
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON: On the road, the TinCaps lost to the West Michigan Whitecaps, 8-2. Brad Zunica hit a fifth-inning home run to give Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead, but it wouldn’t last as West Michigan tied it up in the home fifth and scored 4 times in the sixth (after there were 2 outs and no one on base) to break it open. Logan Allen threw 5 innings of 1-run ball with 5 strikeouts for the TinCaps.
ROAD TRIP RECAP: After winning 2 of their first 3, the TinCaps completed their road trip with a 2-5 record. Fort Wayne split a 4-game series at Great Lakes before being swept in 3 at West Michigan.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUDDY: Buddy Reed is celebrating his 22nd birthday today. Reed, who’s ranked as the Padres’ No. 30 prospect by MLB.com, is 7-for-20 (.350) over the last 5 games.
WHO’S HERE: The following members of the Padres organization are currently with the team: Sam Geaney (Director, Player Development); Steve Lyons (Special Assignment Advisor, Scouting & Player Development); Jason Amoroso (Director, Professional Development); Luis Ortiz (Field & Hitting Coordinator); Tony Tarasco (Outfield/Baserunning & Performance Coordinator); Dave Bingham (Instructor, Player Development).
DASCENZO RETURNS: Cubs Minor League Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Doug Dascenzo is also here with South Bend. Dascenzo is the winningest manager in Fort Wayne franchise history. He skippered the Wizards/TinCaps from 2007-09, winning 220 games, and the ’09 Midwest League title. Dascenzo earned a World Series ring with the Cubs last year.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Jack Suwinski is tied for 2nd in the MWL in walks drawn (14)… Brad Zunica is tied for 7th in walks (12)… Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eguy Rosario are tied for 6th in stolen bases (5)… Logan Allen has the 4th best SO/9IP ratio (12.5) and the 5th best batting average against (.159)… Jesse Scholtens is tied for 3rd in innings pitched (23.2).
PARKVIEW FIELD PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE
– Tonight: Thirsty Thursday… Brushes, Bottles, & Baseball
– Friday: Halfway to Halloween… Beer Tasting
– Saturday: Bark in the Park
– Sunday: On-field Postgame Autographs
ON THE OTHER SIDE: South Bend has the following Top 30 Cubs prospects (per MLB.com)… RHP Dylan Cease (No. 3)… OF D.J. Wilson (No. 9)… LHP Jose Paulino (No. 14)… SS Isaac Paredes (No. 18)… LHP Bryan Hudson (No. 24)… Baseball America ranks Chicago’s farm system as 16th most talented in baseball.