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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 10, 2017 6:50 pm

Game 5: TinCaps (2-2) vs. South Bend (1-3)

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

This year's initial chapter of a longtime in-state rivalry takes place tonight at Parkview Field with South Bend in town to face the TinCaps.

Even though Fort Wayne missed the playoffs last year, the season series with the Cubs was 9-9. South Bend manager Jimmy Gonzalez at one point expressed wonder at how the games against the TinCaps always seemed so tough for his club.

Gonzalez is back as manager, but a new face for both sides is starting pitcher Hansel Rodriguez, set to make his debut in a Fort Wayne uniform. He's only 20 years old and began his professional career in the Toronto Blue Jays' farm system.

Keep an eye on the sky. According to, there is a 50 percent chance of rain during the game. This is the opener of a three-game series.

Here is the lineup for Fort Wayne.

Buddy Reed CF

Reinaldo Ilarraza 2B

Fernando Tatis Jr. SS

Jorge Ona RF

Hudson Potts DH

Eguy Rosario 3B

G.K. Young 1B

Webster Rivas C

Rod Boykin RF

Rodriguez P