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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:20 pm

Game 136: TinCaps (66-69) vs. Great Lakes (66-68)

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps have only five games left in the regular season, and their postseason outlook couldn't be in better shape.

One more win, or one loss by South Bend, clinches a trip to the Midwest League playoffs. Two more wins would lock up home-field advantage for Fort Wayne in the best-of-three first-round series.

Speaking of which, the Eastern Division wild-card race is shaping up to go down to the wire. Bowling Green is in a massive funk, having lost 10 games in a row, and South Bend is only a game behind the Hot Rods.

The TinCaps, assuming they're in, will be facing either Bowling Green or South Bend, but for the longest time it has appeared Fort Wayne's opening opponent would be Bowling Green. With the Cubs closing fast, the TinCaps actually have a chance not to leave their home state in the first round.

Back to the task at hand, though. The TinCaps beat Great Lakes 7-5 on Wednesday and play the middle game of this three-game series tonight with Michel Baez on the mound at Parkview Field.

Adrian Morejon had originally been scheduled to start for Fort Wayne, but, in what could be a sign of rearranging the rotation for the postseason, Morejon has been pushed back. Right-hander Pedro Avila will start Friday in the regular-season home finale.

Fort Wayne gets catcher A.J. Kennedy back tonight. After recovering from a concussion, Kennedy is off the disabled list, and catcher Chandler Seagle has been sent down to short-season Tri-City.