OK, I'll admit it. This was my first TinCaps game of the season. But I knew about the success that the Midwest League's top team has had this season.
It was impressive to see the multi-faceted 9-2 victory the TinCaps had against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
There was defense. Whoa, was there ever defense. Blake Tekotte's diving catch in centerfield was the best. Justin Baum's sliding catch against the wall in foul territory was pretty sweet, too.
Those plays set up the TinCaps for the offensive outburst that came in the fifth inning, when they scored six runs to go ahead 7-2. That was all she wrote for that game. The most impressive moment of the onslaught was Adam Zornes' home run over the left-field wall. It was a gratifying moment for the catcher, who has suffered injuries and lost playing time this season. It was a gratifying night; he went 3 for 4, after coming into the game batting .180.
And for this first-time watcher of the team, it was a gratifying sight.
The TinCaps lived up to the hype.
And plenty of people are coming to see them play at Parkview Field. On Thursday, the TinCaps surpassed last season's attendance total. The TinCaps have drawn 261,568 fans through 52 games.
Last season, when the team was called the Wizards and played at Memorial Stadium, the franchise drew 256,693.
There are 18 home games remaining this season for the TinCaps, who are averaging 5,030 fans at Parkview.