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TinCaps

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TinCaps vs. Wisconsin

Midwest League championship

Game 1: 7:35 p.m. today at Fox Cities Stadium

Game 2: 1:05 p.m. Thursday at Fox Cities Stadium

Game 3: 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Field

Game 4 (if necessary): 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Field

Game 5 (if necessary): 7:05 p.m. at Parkview Field

Season series: TinCaps 2-1

Pitching rotations

(Fort Wayne starters listed first, regular-season stats)

Game 1: RH Joe Ross (0-2, 2.03 ERA in Eugene) vs. RH Jacob Barnes (4-7, 3.84)

Game 2: RH Colin Rea (5-10, 4.11) vs. RH Chad Pierce (7-5, 3.47)

Game 3: LH Frank Garces (9-6, 2.81) vs. RHP David Goforth (10-8, 4.66)

Game 4: RH James Needy (6-3, 1.75) vs. RH Chad Thompson (5-2, 4.31)

Game 5: RH Matt Wisler (5-4, 2.53) vs. RH Mark Williams (7-10, 3.88)

Possible lineups

FORT WAYNE

Travis Jankowski, CF, .282 batting average, 23 RBI, 17 SB

Jace Peterson, SS, .286, 48 RBI, 51 SB

Yeison Asencio, RF, .323, 8 HR, 61 RBI

Lee Orr 1B (.211, 11 HR, 41 RBI) or Travis Whitmore, 1B (.277, 4 HR, 47 RBI)

Austin Hedges, C, .279, 10 HR, 56 RBI

Duanel Jones, 3B, .226, 5 HR, 41 RBI

Jeremy Baltz (.281, 5 HR, 43 RBI at Eugene) or Mike Gallic, DH, .273, 3 HR, 23 RBI

Kyle Gaedele, LF, .258, 5 HR, 51 RBI

Tyler Stubblefield, 2B, .252, 5 HR, 29 RBI

WISCONSIN

Brandon Macias, 3B, .288, 8 HR, 63 RBI

Chadwin Stang, CF, .270, 10 HR, 47 RBI

Ben McMahan, LF, .287, 15 HR, 68 RBI

Nick Ramirez, 1B, .248, 16 HR, 70 RBI

Yadiel Rivera, SS, .247, 12 HR, 49 RBI

Cameron Garfield, DH, .298, 11 HR, 33 RBI

Max Walla, RF, .234, 7 HR, 41 RBI

Rafael Neda, C, .229, 9 2B, 16 RBI

Adrian Williams, 2B, .153, 5 SB, 7 RBI

Bullpen

Fort Wayne closer: Matt Stites 2-0, 0.74 ERA, 13 saves

Wisconsin closer: Santo Manzanillo, 2-1, 7.50 ERA

The series

The skinny: Fort Wayne is in the championship round for the second time in franchise history. The TinCaps won the title in 2009, defeating Burlington. … Wisconsin is in the championship for the first time since 2005, when it lost to South Bend. … Fort Wayne took two of three against the Timber Rattlers July 14-16 at Parkview Field.

Prediction: It’s Wisconsin’s power against Fort Wayne’s speed. The Timber Rattlers finished second in the league in home runs (107). The TinCaps led the league in stolen bases (206). Wisconsin has given up three runs in the last four playoff games. Fort Wayne has a slight edge in the bullpen and will ride it to the title. Fort Wayne wins the series 3-1.

lpope@jg.net

– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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