FORT WAYNE, Ind. —After a nearly two-and-half-hour rain delay the TinCaps and Great Lakes Loons game got underway at 9:27 PM and was suspended at the top of the ninth inning, with Fort Wayne trailing 17-8. Midwest League curfew rules dictate that an inning cannot begin after 12:50 AM.
The big news, as has been the big news most of the year with the TinCaps, was shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. His moonshot home run to left-center opened the scoring for Fort Wayne in the first inning. He is now hitting .367/.441/.667 in May and has a 13-game hitting streak.
The bad news, which must have stopped more than a few hearts in San Diego, came in the bottom of the second inning when Tatis took a ball off the side of his cheek bone on a relay throw from first baseman Brad Zunica in the second inning. After several minutes on the ground, Tatis got up, completed the frame and then was removed from the game as a precautionary measure.
The young TinCaps’ bats again put up some numbers, but the game was marred by sloppy defense and bad pitching. LHP Will Headean got the start and struggled, giving up five earned runs and 10 hits in a little over four innings despite having six strikeouts against no walks. Although he didn’t walk anyone, Headean did seem to struggle with his command as his fastball consistently leaked over the middle half of the plate.
Since coming off of the disabled list on May 8, right fielder Jorge Ona, 20, may have become even better with a .333/.350/.556 line and two home runs. Tonight he hit one that went a reported 414 feet to left-center. As we noted in Spring Training, the young Cuban looks like he should be playing middle linebacker for a Division I school.
With all of the talk of the young prospects, catcher Marcus Greene, Jr. might be flying a little under the radar. Greene looks like his offseason in Australia really benefited him and is not only doing the job at the plate - .276/.379/.393 - but has done solid work with some talented pitchers.
The ninth inning will be played today at 6:05 PM, an hour before the start of tonight’s game.
TinCaps’ Notes: As we noted on Twitter, the Padres called up Cuban RHP Ronald Bolanos, whom the organization gave $2.25 million in the offseason, to replace RHP Jesse Scholtens, who was promoted to High-A Lake Elsinore. Bolanos should be the first of many talented pitchers that were kept in Extended Spring Training to control their innings who will be making their way to northeastern Indiana. Expect to see teenagers Mason Thompson and Reggie Lawson, both of whom were in the MadFriars’ Top 20 for 2017 and are working unrestricted in extended, to make their full-season debuts in a few weeks. They could be joined by others between now and the draft.
Statistical Highlights: SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 1-1 HR (5), RBI; RF Jorge Ona 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI; 3B/SS Hudson Potts 2-4, RBI; 2B Eguy Rosario 2-4, SB (13); C Marcus Greene 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (1); LHP Will Headean 4.1 IP 10 H 6 R 5 ER 6 K HR; LHP Ben Sheckler 1.1 IP 4 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB 2 K; RHP Nick Monroe 2.0 IP 8 h 6 R 6 ER BB K; RHP Webster Rivas 0.1 IP 2 H R ER 2 K.