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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 08, 2017 5:30 pm

Game 3: TinCaps (1-1) vs. Bowling Green (1-1)

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps have desirable weather for their home opener, with clear and sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s. This will be the 25th home opener in franchise history. Fort Wayne is 17-7 in the first 24 home openers.

Austin Smith is the starting pitcher for the TinCaps, who continue their two-city, four-game series against Bowling Green. In Kentucky, the TinCaps won the season opener 4-1 Thursday, before falling 6-4 on Friday.

Smith, the 20-year-old Florida native, went 4-6 with a 5.26 ERA for low-A Fort Wayne last year. The Hot Rods counter with Peter Bayer, a righty drafted in the ninth round of last summer's amateur draft. 

Bowling Green is an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.


Here is the lineup for Fort Wayne.

Jack Suwinski LF

Reinaldo Ilarraza 2B

Fernando Tatis Jr. SS

Jorge Ona RF

Hudson Potts 3B

Buddy Reed CF

Eguy Rosario DH

Brad Zunica 1B

Marcus Greene Jr. C

Smith P


And here is the Hot Rods' lineup.

Miles Mastrobuoni SS

Eleardo Cabrera RF

Mike Brosseau 2B

Nate Lowe1B

Garrett Whitley LF

Jonah Heim C

Jesus Sanchez CF

Rene Pinto DH

Robbie Tenerowicz 3B

Bayer P