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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:30 am

Notebook: Greene becoming consistent threat

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

A positive aspect of the TinCaps' 9-5 loss to Beloit on Friday night was another strong offensive performance from Marcus Greene Jr.

The catcher earned his 12th RBI of the year by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning, and he also reached on a single to raise his batting average to .244, which would be its highest since 2014.

Greene ranks fifth on Fort Wayne in on-base plus slugging percentage at .685. Brad Zunica's OPS is .917, Jorge Oña's is .785, Rod Boykin checks in at .743 and Fernando Tatis Jr. at .714.

Many baseball men feel a catcher's first priority is defense and what he does to help the pitching staff. Certainly, the TinCaps value what Greene's mission is behind the plate.

But with the TinCaps' offense so in need of a boost, they'll take the help anywhere they can get it, and Greene is producing better than he did with Fort Wayne in 2016. He hit .217 last year and drove in 13 runs in 31 games.

Since mid-April, Greene's OPS is well over .700.

Ouch: Tatis was hit by a pitch leading off the sixth. The ball appeared to strike his right forearm, and team trainer Allyse Kramer examined Tatis, who stayed in the game. He appeared to be in a fair amount of pain, though.

Up next: The rubber game of the series Saturday pits Hansel Rodriguez (1-3, 4.39 ERA) against Beloit's Dalton Sawyer (3-2, 2.10).