TinCaps 5 - Great Lakes Loons 2 game called because of rain in the seventh inning
FORT WAYNE - The TinCaps won their third straight game as they got in seven and a half innings before a storm nearly blew away Parkview Field.
The TinCaps opened the game with a leadoff home run by SS Rudy Giron over the left field wall. Hitting in the number two hole LF Franchy Cordero was hit by a pitch and then stole his eleventh base of the year. He was eventually brought home by DH Franmil Reyes ground out to give Fort Wayne an early 2-0 lead.
Great Lakes came back in the top of the second to tie the game but once again Giron was the star of the show with a double down the left field line to drive in two runners. He later scored on CF Michael Gettys’ infield single.
It is hard to think in recent memory a Padres’ prospect that has made more of an impression that shortstop Ruddy Giron, who just turned 18 in January.
Today in a rain-shortened game Giron was a triple short of the cycle as he pushed his batting average to .479 in his first 11 games which comes as a surprise since he hit only .168 in 48 games in the AZL last year.
“He’s a good player,” said Francisco Morales the TinCaps’ manager on Giron. “He’s a young kid that made some adjustments and knew he was better than he showed last year.”
“It’s a big reason why you can never write off someone who is young and has talent. Also he is a true shortstop and is really smooth over there.”
With two outs in the top of the eighth the game was called because of rain.
Another top prospect that is starting to turn it around is centerfielder Michael Gettys. After struggling mightily in May, Gettys has now four for six with three doubles in his past two games.
“I’m trying to get more relaxed at the plate and not trying to press,” Gettys said on the reasons behind his recent hot streak.”
“Then again when you are swinging the bat well it’s a lot easier to be relaxed,”laughed Gettys.