It’s true, you really couldn’t have scripted a better season for Fort Wayne.Following the negative reaction by some to the new ballpark and the negative reaction by many to the new name, the franchise had some act to live up to.It exceeded it on every level.
Doug Dascenzo, pitching coach Tom Bradley, hitting coach Tom Tornincasa and Vice President of Scouting/Player Development Grady Fuson were among the people to address the team following Thursday’s 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the Midwest League Championship series.
Brad Brach is known for working quickly.Thursday, he made quick work of the Burlington Bees. In the process, the TinCaps won the Midwest League title.
Doug Dascenzo went the cliché route, but made a pretty good point following Fort Wayne's 2-0 win Wednesday against Burlington. “The old saying, if you get good pitching and defense is very true,” the TinCaps' manager said.
The crowd of 6,269 fans included a team-record walk-up crowd of 3,959.“That gets your adrenaline going,” said starting pitcher Chris Fetter, who earned the victory in Fort Wayne’s 2-0 win. “It’s such a great atmosphere.”
Erik Davis settled down after the first inning and the TinCaps followed.Davis earned the victory, going six innings in a 6-2 win against Burlington in Game 1 of the Midwest League Championship series.
Erik Davis will try to rebound from a tough first playoff game in the opener of the Midwest League Championship series against Burlington.
I don’t know how you recover from this one.Four times the TinCaps had Great Lakes on the ropes four times, but couldn’t close the Loons out. Instead, they watched Jerry Sands get mobbed at first base after his game-winning hit gave Great Lakes an 11-10 victory in 11 innings.
Here’s the setup for the next round of the playoffs.
Two TinCaps starters weren’t around to see the end of Thursday’s 12-7 loss to South Bend.The frustrating boiled over for outfielder Jaff Decker, who was ejected in the third inning for arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Adam Schwarz.
Manager Doug Dascenzo called it one bad inning. And that’s true.South Bend scored nine runs in the third inning en route to a 12-7 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-3 first round series with Fort Wayne. The series is tied at 1. Game 3 is Friday at Parkview Field.
Doug Dascenzo made the right call.Simon Castro had a no-hitter going, but the right-handed pitcher was tiring after back-to-back walks with two outs in the seventh. Dascenzo pulled Castro with the TinCaps leading by one run.
The TinCaps set a franchise record with their 17th shutout in a 1-0 win against Great Lakes Friday. The previous mark was set in 1993.
The team awards are in, and it’s hard to argue with any of them.
First baseman Allan Dykstra continued his recent tear, going 2 for 4 with three RBI in a 5-4 win against Great Lakes.