In case you missed it yesterday (and unless you were in Lansing, Michigan, you did – thanks MiLB.tv), the Fort Wayne TinCaps had one of their best overall performances of the year, beating the Lansing Lugnuts 11-4.
Logan Allen spun a gem, shutting out the Lugnuts for six innings, allowing a walk and three hits while striking out six. He retired the side in order three separate times and allowed mostly soft contact, including six groundball outs. Allen has only allowed more than two runs in one outing this year, and continues to be the ace of the young staff.
After a slow start to the season, Fernando Tatis, Jr. continued his hot streak, homering once, doubling twice, and adding a walk for good measure on a 3-5 day. Hudson Potts matched Tatis, adding a pair of doubles and a dinger to the extra base hit parade.
Fort Wayne now has back-to-back double digit scoring games, and is feasting on Lansing pitching. Yesterday’s starter, Andy Ravel, saw his ERA balloon to 8.38, lasting just 3.2 innings. He was taken in the 7th round of the 2016 MLB Draft and was a teammate of Eric Lauer (currently pitching for the Lake Elsinore Storm) at Kent State. So, no, the TinCaps weren’t facing elite competition by any stretch, but he is a college guy, who tend to do pretty well in Single-A, so that’s good for them.
On the other side, Lansing (a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate) does have a pair of Top 10 organizational prospects in their lineup, and both happen to have fathers who played in the big leagues. Vlad Guerrero Jr. (named after his All-Star dad) is a pretty unanimous pick as Toronto’s number one prospect, and the cleanup-hitting third baseman is off to a hot start on the year, posting an impressive .908 OPS in 32 games. Not bad for a kid that turned 18 a few months ago. Bo Bichette, son of Dante, has had an even more impressive year at the plate, sporting a .362 average and a 1.017 OPS, though he seems to be near the tail-end of the Top 10 rankings.
Both Guerrero and Bichette struggled against Allen. They went a combined 0-5, with Bichette striking out twice after lining out, and Guerrero grounding out in each of his at bats. It was almost a bummer that the young lefty was so efficient, because it would’ve been nice to see him face them more than a small handful of times.
Regardless, there’s a lot to be happy about in this game. Reinaldo Ilarraza and Jack Suwinski also hit doubles, and all but outfielder Jorge Oña recorded a base hit. All of that was more than enough for Allen to work with. Coming into the game, Fort Wayne was 3-3 in the games that he had started, mostly due to the 3.2 average runs support they gave him. On a night when just a handful of runs would’ve sufficed, they scored the second most runs of the year (behind a 12-run effort on April 15th).
Fort Wayne closes out the series against Lansing with an early morning game (7:35 AM, Pacific Time) that won’t be broadcast on MiLB.tv. Get it together, Lansing. Austin Smith (2-2, 5.92 ERA), who the Padres drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft, will get the start for the TinCaps.