Welcome to Wizard of Oz night at Parkview Field, and you know what that means.
Lions. And tigers. And, um, sleet, oh, my.
Yes, you heard right. Periodic spatters of sleet have been seen as the TinCaps and Lansing warm up, at least in the figurative sense, on a cold, blustery, barely-40-degree night.
The TinCaps will sent their ace to the hill tonight, with the TinCaps' Joe Ross (2-0, 0.00 ERA, two hits given up against 12 strikeouts in 10 innings) facing Taylor Cole (1-1, 5.19). Ross was recently named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week; opposing batters are hitting a league-low .063 against him.
If he's on tonight, he could help the TinCaps avoid their second three-game losing streak of the season. Fort Wayne is coming off two one-run losses in South Bend in which it scored just five runs. Prior to that the TinCaps had scored 24 runs in their previous four outings.
Tonight's game will open a weekend in which the TinCaps and Fort4Fitness will support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing by encouraging fans to wear running race gear (shirts, bibs, hats, etc.) to the games. The TinCaps will make a donation to the American Red Cross for each fan dressed in running gear.