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TinCaps

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TinCaps-Bowling Green playoff series

Best-of-three

Schedule

Game 1: 8:05 p.m. today at Bowling Green Ballpark, Bowling Green, Ky.

Game 2: 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Field

Game 3 (if necessary): 7:05 p.m. at Parkview Field

Season Series: 4-8

Pitching rotations (TinCaps starters listed first)

Game 1: RH Joe Ross (5-8, 3.75 ERA) vs. RH Jeffrey Ames (9-4, 2.98 ERA)

Game 2: TBA vs. RH Reinaldo Lopez (7-5, 2.95 ERA)

Game 3: TBA vs. TBA

Possible lineups

Fort Wayne

Mallex Smith, CF, (262 batting average, 29 RBI, 64 SB) or Alberth Martinez (CF, .277, 58 RBI, 10 HR)

Brian Adams, RF (.211, 45 RBI, 6 HR) or Hunter Renfroe, RF (.212, 7 RBI, 2 HR)

Maxx Tissenbaum, 2B, .277, 49 RBI, 28 2B

Gabriel Quintana, 3B, .305, 44 RBI, 9 HR

Diego Goris, DH (.266, 52 RBI, 6 HR) or Mallex Smith, DH (262 batting average, 29 RBI, 64 SB) or Hunter Renfroe, DH (.212, 7 RBI, 2 HR)

Luis Domoromo, LF, .233, 30 RBI, 4 HR

Luis Tejada, 1B, .227, 96 hits, 37 RBI

Tyler Stubblefield, SS (.267, 19 RBI, 4 HR) or Reynaldo Bruguera, SS (.326, 28 hits, 11 RBI)

Rodney Daal, C, .271, 39 RBI, 8 HR

Bowling Green

Andrew Toles, CF, .326, 169 hits, 62 SB

Thomas Coyle, 2B, .278, 58 RBI, 40 SB

Tyler Goeddel, 3B, .249, 65 RBI, 7 HR

Leonardo Reginatto, LF, .325, 134 hits, 49 RBI

Justin O’Conner, DH (.233, 56 RBI, 14 HR) or Joey Rickard, DH (.270, 63 RBI, 8 HR)

Marty Gantt, RF, .267, 65 RBI, 7 HR

Patrick Leonard, 1B (.225, 57 RBI, 9 HR) or Ryan Dunn, 1B (.209, 58 hits, 25 RBI)

Geoff Rowan, C (.169, 11 hits, 1 SB) or Justin O’Conner, C (.233, 56 RBI, 14 HR)

Brandon Martin, SS, .206, 39 RBI, 7 HR

Bullpen

Fort Wayne closer: Roman Madrid 6-4, 2.72 ERA, 22 saves

Bowling Green closer: Marcus Jensen 6-4, 2.99 ERA, 6 saves

Skinny: Bowling Green closed out the season with a second-half championship and pushed itself to the 82-56 overall, which led the Midwest League Eastern Division. Fort Wayne, meanwhile, went 29-41 in the last half of the year and finished 72-67 overall. … The TinCaps went 1-5 against the Hot Rods in August.

Prediction: Fort Wayne has the pitching to compete with any team in the MWL, but the TinCaps have been plagued by inconsistency in the second half. While they’ve competed well against the Hot Rods in the past, it’s tough to bet Fort Wayne can string together a pair of wins against them now. Bowling Green wins the series 2-0.

smorrison@jg.net

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette

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