Playoff-bound Fort Wayne opens the final regular season series of the year as it takes on Bowling Green today at 8:05 p.m. The scheduled starters are Frank Garces for the TinCaps and Jake Partridge for the Hot Rods. Airtime is 7:45 on 1380 ESPN and ESPNFortWayne.com. Here are some notes from the team.: Headed to the Playoffs:
For the eighth time in the last 10 years and for the 12th time in the 20 years of the franchise, Fort Wayne is headed to the postseason. Ever since moving from Memorial Stadium to downtown Parkview Field, the TinCaps have been in the playoffs each year. The TinCaps won the Midwest League title in 2009 putting together 101 total victories.
On A Roll:
Travis Jankowski currently has the longest hitting streak of the year for a TinCaps hitter at 14 games. During the streak he's hitting 25-56 (.446) dating back to its origin on Aug. 17, when he hit his first professional home run. It is the sixth-longest streak in the league this season. In just 56 games with Fort Wayne, Jankowski has also had a 10-game hitting streak (7/29-8/8).
The last Fort Wayne home run was hit on Aug. 17, by Travis Jankowski at Cooley Law School Stadium. Since then, the TinCaps have gone 14 games, 126 innings and 482 at-bats without driving a ball over the fence. Earlier this season, the longest the TinCaps had gone without a home run was 10 games (6/12-6/25).
Something to Keep an Eye On:
Yeison Asencio's average of .318 is second best among qualifying hitters in the MWL. In 20 years of pro baseball, no Fort Wayne player has ever won the batting title. He trails only Kevin Pillar, formerly of Lansing , now Advanced-A Dunedin, whose average was .322.
Trouble in the South:
Fort Wayne has played just one series at Bowling Green Ballpark this season and they were swept by the Hot Rods in three games from June 15-17 as part of a season-worst five-game losing streak.