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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, April 09, 2017 3:00 pm

Game 4: TinCaps (1-2) vs. Bowling Green (2-1)

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Today at Parkview Field, the TinCaps will wear the jerseys of their parent club, the San Diego Padres. Far from a one-time undertaking, Fort Wayne plans to don the white Padre uniforms for every Sunday home game.

San Diego's low-A farm team is hoping the major league attire is a good luck charm in their quest to earn a split of this season-opening two-city, four-game series against Bowling Green.

The Hot Rods, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, have some of the Rays' top prospects. Outfielder Josh Lowe is ranked sixth in the Tampa system, while outfielder Jesus Sanchez is No. 7, outfielder Garrett Whitley No. 11, shortstop Lucius Fox No. 13 and infielder Adrian Rondon No. 14.

The pitching matchup for today's 3:05 p.m. start is a duel of left-handers: Jerry Keel against Travis Ott. 

Keel, an imposing presence at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, went 5-10 last year for Fort Wayne in 25 appearances, including nine starts. But he had a 2.97 ERA and often gave the TinCaps a chance to win. Bowling Green hitters batted .304 (14 for 46) against Keel in 2016.

Ott, though at 21 just two years younger than Keel, is much less a known commodity. He's only made three starts above the short-season level and was a 25th-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft. However, Ott is 16-7 with a 3.10 ERA in his professional career.