FORT WAYNE – Despite hitting more toward the lower third of the order, TinCaps catcher Dane Phillips, who spends plenty of time as the DH, has a knack for driving in runs.
His run-scoring single in Wednesday’s 8-6 victory over Lake County gave him 19 RBI, tied with Franmil Reyes for third-most on the team.
Phillips, 23, is hitting .311 with an .819 OPS, a mark bettered by only 20 qualifiers in the Midwest League as of Wednesday afternoon.
Phillips made the All-Star team last season and was promoted to Single-A Lake Elsinore. Back at low-A Fort Wayne, this is an important year for Phillips, taken in the second round of the 2012 amateur draft. His numbers indicate that his career arc is back in a favorable direction.
THIS AGAIN: The TinCaps played one other shortened game, coming out on the wrong end of a 4-2 loss to Burlington on April 14. That one was called in the seventh because of snow.
QUITE THE DRAW: The TinCaps counted attendance as 7,312 – the highest of the year at Parkview Field. Rain and the fact that kids had to get back to school really thinned out that crowd as the game went along.
PENCILED IN: TinCaps manager Michael Collins said after the game that Erik Cabrera, who made his first 11 appearances of the year out of the pen, would start again. He lasted just three innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, Saturday at Dayton. Collins also committed to another turn for Kyle Lloyd, who has pitched four scoreless innings in each of his starts.
“Absolutely,” Collins said. “He did really well. I think his stuff plays well as a starter. There’s a great chance for him to continue to develop and use all his pitches. He’s been great. He stepped into that role.”