It was on the order of "Breakfast at Wimbledon," except that the game was baseball and Parkview Field was the venue. But the normally evening-dwelling TinCaps were inside the stadium a little past 9 a.m. on Tuesday, ready for their morning (11:09 first pitch) game against Lansing. The new start eventually led to a 6-5 TinCaps win in which Kevin Quackenbush recorded the last five outs for the save. Many of the players said they didn't mind the early beginning. Connor Powers, who went 4-for-5 and scored three runs, said that sometimes change is good, and Tyler Stubblefield, who had two hits, including a two-RBI single in the fifth, said about the same thing. But TinCaps manager Shawn Wooten, who mentioned that he'll get a rare night off with the family, said the early start shouldn't affect the team one way or the other. "It's just one of 140," he said. Getting the pitching start for Fort Wayne was Adys Portillo, the 19-year-old who has struggled this season with a 2-11 record. Portillo was sensational the first three innings, getting five strikeouts in the process. He came back to pitch in the fourth, gave up a run, but added two more strikeouts. But when he was greeted in the fifth inning by Lansing's Jake Marisnick, he was quickly replaced. Portillo's longest stint this season is 6 2/3 innings, and he's failed to go five innings in 15 of his 19 starts.
Last updated: August 9, 2011 5:50 p.m.