How important was the TinCaps' 7-1 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts tonight? Considering the battle for playoff berths, well, it was pretty darned important.
The Tin Caps came into the night one game back of Dayton and Great Lakes, who held the final two playoff spots in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division, but Fort Wayne pulled even with Dayton, which lost 2-1 to Great Lakes.
Not to discount the pitching -- Jeffery Enloe (4-3) manned six scoreless innings and allowed four hits with three strikeouts at Parkview Field tonight -- but we are seeing some real star power from the offense.
Trea Turner, the San Diego Padres' first-round pick this year, is batting .466 in 21 games. He was 3 for 5 with two RBI, including a first-inning home run.
"It's a good and bad thing when you lead off the game with a home run," Turner said. "Obviously, you're up 1-0. But it's a bit of a rally killer and you have to get everything going again. I'm sure we'll take the 1-0 advantage 100 percent of the time, though, and it was nice to get on the board early and get a good swing on the ball. It helped me get in a groove for the rest of the game."
Nick Schulz followed his two home runs in Monday's 4-3 victory over Lansing with another great game. He was 1 for 3 with a run and three RBI.
Schulz is on a six-game hitting streak, has had multiple hits in four of those games, and he has four home runs and 12 RBI over the last 10 games. His season average is up to .317 with five home runs, 16 runs and 16 RBI in 27 games.