FORT WAYNE – Mike Gallic singled in the first inning against South Bend on June 26 at Parkview Field.
He was just getting warmed up.
Gallic doubled in the third inning and singled again leading off the sixth. Gallic hit his second double of the game an inning later. He collected his fifth hit, another double, in the ninth inning.
Gallic became the first Fort Wayne player to go 5 for 5 since 2007 in the 10-6 loss to the Silver Hawks.
It was one of those days where you’re seeing the ball really well and you’re comfortable in the box and everything kind of seems to be going in slow motion, Gallic said. It seems like whatever you do, it ends up working out in your favor. It was just one of those days.
Gallic became the first Fort Wayne player to accomplish the feat since Cedric Hunter went 5 for 5 for the Wizards on Aug. 5, 2007, at Memorial Stadium. Gallic’s teammate Yeison Asencio matched the feat July 29 against Great Lakes.
I’ve had days before where I’ve felt similar, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone 5 for 5 like that before, Gallic said.
Gallic has been a consistent force in the middle of the lineup since joining the TinCaps on April 30. Entering play Friday, the outfielder was hitting .305 with two home runs, 12 doubles and 19 RBI.
He’s a great hitter, Fort Wayne manager Jose Valentin said. He’s one of the aggressive players I have on the team. He’s a good runner (16 stolen bases). And he’s a good outfielder, too.
Since he’s been here, he’s been great. A great teammate. He works hard.
Gallic has a .309 average since the All-Star break, aiding the TinCaps in their pursuit of a spot in the playoffs.
I’ve learned to trust myself a little more, trust my ability, my hands as hitting goes and not try to do too much, Gallic said. That’s helped me a lot.
San Diego selected Gallic in the 18th round of the 2011 draft out of Marist College. He played 23 games in Eugene, where he hit .290 with three doubles.
He joined Fort Wayne at the end of July and hit .304 in 25 games.
Gallic started this year at extended spring training in Peoria, Ariz., as he battled a hamstring injury. He had a seven-game hitting streak in the middle of May but landed on the disabled list at the end of the month when hamstring issues cropped up again.
It’s been a battle for me this year, Gallic said. I’ve been in the training room since spring training. It’s been rough in that regard. But it’s good to be healthy and to be able to help the team out when I can.
Gallic returned on June 23 and has hit nine doubles since. The TinCaps want to make sure they have Gallic for the stretch run.
He gets injured, and you don’t want to lose him, especially the way he’s swinging the bat, Valentin said. You want to keep him fresh.