Max Fried gets the baseball tonight as the TinCaps open the Eastern Division championship series against in-state rival South Bend.
This will be Fried's 24th start of the season; he's 6-7 with a 3.49 ERA and leads the TinCaps with 100 strikeouts. He's winless in three starts against South Bend but has struck out 18 batters in 16 innings work vs. the Silver Hawks.
Opposing him for South Bend will be Blake Perry, who's 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts against the TinCaps.
The TinCaps come to Saturday having won four straight and five of their last six, including a two-game sweep of Bowling Green in the first round of the playoffs. In that series they got six-inning starts from Joe Ross and Zach Eflin; Ross gave up just one hit and Eflin a pair of earned runs.
This marks the fourth time in five seasons the TinCaps have reached the Eastern Division championship series.