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Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:40 pm

Notebook: Reed playing in rehab games

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps' 4-0 win over Great Lakes offered encouragement for fans Sunday and so did manager Anthony Contreras' postgame update on injured center fielder Buddy Reed, who has been on the disabled list since April 28.

Reed is currently ramping up his rehabilitation at the San Diego Padres' spring training complex in Arizona.

"What I've heard is two days ago he played in a five-inning game out there in Arizona, and everything went well," Contreras said. "I think he was scheduled to play a nine-inning game either yesterday or today. We'll see how that goes and then get a read on it from there."

K's galore: At some point in Sunday's win, Fort Wayne starting pitcher Jerry Keel admitted he started to realize his strikeouts adding up.

The final tally was a career-high 11.

"I wasn't counting in my head," Keel said. "I was just trying to get ahead of guys and get guys out."

Removed with his pitch count at 95, Keel didn't have an issue with hitting the showers after the seventh inning.

"I don't think we've had a guy go over 100 pitches yet this year, at least on our staff," Keel said. "Either way, I have faith in our bullpen, and (David) Bednar came in and shut the door."

Winning feeling: Rod Boykin, whose RBI triple gave the TinCaps the first run of the day, said avoiding the four-game sweep by Great Lakes was important because it restored some of the confidence Fort Wayne gained from the previous series, a three-game sweep by the TinCaps of Lansing.

"It was nice; at Lansing we played very well the whole series," Boykin said. "We struggled the first couple games of this series. Today we came out and stuck to the game plan and ended up succeeding."