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TinCaps manage Michael Collins talks about a bizarre night at the ballpark

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TinCaps

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      Tuesday night began with a 53-minute rain delay at Parkview Field and ended with more showers, but it may take more than rain to wash away the memories of the TinCaps’ 5-1 loss to Great Lakes.
  • Sac fly lifts TinCaps in 10
    Slugger Franmil Reyes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs in the 10th inning – the type of situation that had recently troubled the TinCaps’ overanxious offense.
  • Running out of time
    Their wincing expressions tell the tale. The TinCaps know they are wasting a chance at something special.A franchise that had gotten used to qualifying for the postseason again had the playoffs right in its sights.
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TinCaps
vs. Burlington
When: 7:05 p.m. today
TV: Xfinity Channel 81
Radio: 1380 AM
Tickets: $12.50, $10, $9, $8, $5 (lawn)
Information: TinCaps.com or 482-6400
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The TinCaps’ Ryan Miller takes a pitch to the back during Monday’s game against Bulington.

Snow, yes, snow ends TinCaps’ game early

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Tony Rizzotti gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss Monday.

This was hardly a night from the Boys of Summer Collection, with rain/sleet/snow lashing Parkview Field, the mercury cliff-diving through the 30s and every chilled breath curling visibly around every well-swaddled head.

But it was the TinCaps for whom the weather gods reserved their coldest shoulder.

Burlington led 4-2 with one out in the seventh when a blinding snow shower whitened the field, interrupted play and inspired the TinCaps public address operators to serenade the sparse crowd with Christmas carols and selections from “Frozen.” The announced attendance was 2,156.

Thirty minutes later, the game was called as the rarest of things: A snow-shortened Bees victory.

“That was unbelievable,” said TinCaps designated hitter Dustin Peterson, who grew up in Arizona. “I’ve played in heat, I’ve played where the sun’s just beat on ya, but I’ve never played in snow. That was just unbelievable.”

And TinCaps manager Michael Collins, a native of Canberra, Australia?

“I haven’t seen winter in 14 years, so that was definitely something new,” he said.

And it interrupted what for a while was a fruitful night for the TinCaps (3-7).

They led twice in the first four innings but, in rapidly deteriorating conditions, couldn’t answer a two-run Bees’ fifth, managing just four hits and none after the third inning.

Burlington, meanwhile, got the go-ahead runs in the fifth when Erick Salcedo cracked a leadoff single, Chad Hinshaw walked with one out and Mark Shannon, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, tripled to chase both of them home.

That gave the Bees (6-4) a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish. They added another run in the seventh on back-to-back singles by Eric Aguilera and Angel Rosa before the snow ended things.

The Bees rapped out 11 hits against TinCaps pitchers Adrian De Horta and Tony Rizzotti, while Bees starter Harrison Cooney went five innings and gave up four hits to get the win.

The TinCaps scored a run in the second on Fernando Perez’s one-out single and Franchy Cordero’s two-out single, and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Luis Tejada scored on Henry Charles’ infield groundout. Josh VanMeter was 2-for-4 to lead the TinCaps’ offense, which Peterson insisted wasn’t done when the snow came.

“We still had plenty of time, still had plenty of game left,” he said. “I can’t predict what could have happened, but I think we could have gotten something going if it hadn’t been for the snow.”

Now it’s on to tonight, and a second shot at the Bees.

“I think on the road trip we turned a bit of a corner there,” Collins said. “We had some great at-bats, and again our pitchers to continue to produce, especially the late part of the bullpen.”

bensmith@jg.net

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