Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:10 am
Notebook: Logan Allen shows increased efficiency
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
In back-to-back starts, TinCaps ace Logan Allen had failed to complete six innings because of an elevated pitch count.
On May 29, the left-hander threw 98 pitches at South Bend and was lifted with two outs in the sixth. On Sunday at Dayton, Allen labored even more and was cut off at 98 pitches with two down in the fifth.
Six days later, Allen found his groove, pitching six innings and holding Lansing to two runs on five hits in Fort Wayne's 8-4 win at Parkview Field. He had six strikeouts and tossed 55 strikes in 89 pitches.
"I can't say (Allen was) more sharp," TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras said. "He calmed down after his couple innings. He was able to get back into his groove and start pitching. Being able to be efficient with his pitches is key."
Allen, 20, was pleased to go deeper in the game.
"Being more efficient, throwing more strikes," Allen said. "Being able to get through six innings put my team in position to win. It was an amazing night tonight. (Reinaldo) Ilarraza getting his first home run, Tatis hitting another bomb; we played really well as a team tonight.
"Brad Zunica had an amazing night tonight. This is just the kind of night we needed."
Elder statesman: Max Hilligoss, a South Whitley resident whose 100th birthday is Monday, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
All-around effort: In addition to going 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly, Fernando Tatis Jr. made another sparkling play at shortstop. He ranged to his left and made a diving stop on a ball that bounced off the mound and was headed toward center field. Tatis then threw from his knees to nab Lansing's Nick Sinay at first base. Tatis also stole his 12th base of the year.