Fort Wayne TinCaps (13-21) vs. Beloit Snappers (15-17)
LHP Will Headean (3.49) vs. RHP Matt Milburn (6.57)
Friday, May 12, 2017— Parkview Field — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 35
LAST NIGHT: Austin Smith threw 6 scoreless innings and the TinCaps beat the Snappers, 10-2. Everyone in Fort Wayne’s lineup reached base at least once (7 had a hit), including Jorge Oña, who set career highs with 3 hits and 5 RBIs.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: The TinCaps have a chance to match their longest winning streak of the season at 3 games (last: April 18-20).
TATIS TAKES TOP SPOT: It’s only been 4 games so far, but in the leadoff spot, Fernando Tatis Jr. is 8-for-18 (.444) with 2 walks and 2 stolen bases. (He’s hit .205 in 24 games as the No. 3 hitter and .278 in 4 games as the 5-hole hitter.) Tatis is tied for 2nd in the MWL in games played (32) and 9th in stolen bases (8).
HOME IS WHERE THE HITS ARE: Eguy Rosario has slashed .271/.386/.396 in 14 games at home compared to .207/.303/.276 in 16 road games. Overall in the MWL, he’s tied for 6th in stolen bases (9) and 9th in doubles (8).
ZUNICA’S POWER & PATIENCE: In the MWL, Brad Zunica is tied for 3rd in home runs (6) and 6th in walks (19). Among guys with 90+ plate appearances, Zunica ranks 5th in OPS (.945). His BB% (20%) is the highest in the league.
SUWINSKI’S DISCIPLINED APPROACH: Jack Suwinski has seen a MWL-leading average of 5.2 pitchers per plate appearance this season. He’s also tied for 2nd in the MWL games played (32) and 3rd in walks (23).
BOYKIN’S POWER SURGE: Going back to 2015, Rod Boykin had appeared in 81 regular season games in a row without a home run before he hit one on April 23. He now has 4 homers in his last 15 games. In his fifth season as a pro, this is a career high for Boykin. He’s currently on a season-long 9-game on-base streak.
IMPRESSIVE PITCHING: Through the first 4 games of this homestand, TinCaps pitchers have allowed a total of 4 earned runs across 25.2 IP. That’s good for a 1.40 ERA.
AS A TEAM: In the MWL, the TinCaps have drawn the 2nd most walks (137; 4.0/G) and have the 2nd most stolen bases (36).
PADRES PRESENCE: The following members of San Diego’s staff are here… Coordinator of Instruction Ryley Westman, Pitching Coordinator Mark Prior, and Hitting Instructor Oscar Bernard.
A’S PROSPECTS: Beloit’s roster features 1 Top 30 Oakland prospect, per MLB.com… RHP Dakota Chalmers (No. 13).