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TinCaps

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TinCaps third baseman Gabriel Quintana fields a grounder Thursday against Bowling Green.

TinCaps-South Bend playoff capsule

Best-of-three

Schedule

Game 1: 7:05 p.m. today at Parkview Field

Game 2: 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Stanley Coveleski Stadium, South Bend

Game 3 (if necessary): 7:05 p.m. Monday at Stanley Coveleski Stadium, South Bend

Pitching rotations (TinCaps starters listed first)

Game 1: LH Max Fried (6-7, 3.49 ERA) vs. RH Blake Perry (8-7, 4.49 ERA)

Game 2: RH Colin Rea (2-1, 2.09 ERA) vs. TBA

Game 3: RH Joe Ross (5-8, 3.75 ERA) vs. TBA

Possible lineups

Fort Wayne

Mallex Smith, DH, .262 batting average, 64 SB, 4 HR

Reynaldo Bruguera, 2B, .326, 28 hits, 11 RBI

Alberth Martinez, CF, .277, 58 RBI, 10 HR

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

Hunter Renfroe, RF, .212, 14 hits, 7 RBI

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

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

Tyler Stubblefield, SS, .267, 19 RBI, 4 HR

Rodney Daal, C, .271, 39 RBI, 9 HR

South Bend

Andrew Velazquez, SS, .260, 16 RBI, 4 3B

Socrates Brito, RF, .264, 49 RBI, 27 SB

Brandon Drury, 3B, .302, 85 RBI, 15 HR

Rudy Flores, 1B, .274, 64 RBI, 19 HR

Fidel Pena, 2B, .256, 75 RBI, 10 HR

Michael Lang, LF, .263, 77 hits, 5 HR

Roidany Aguila, DH, .242, 30 RBI, 10 HR

Michael Perez, C, .247, 40 hits, 12 2B

Breland Almadova, CF, .237, 47 RBI, 7 HR

Bullpen

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

South Bend closer: Enrique Burgos 2-2, 3.88 ERA, 17 saves

Skinny: Fort Wayne is 5-14 against South Bend this year, but all five of those wins came in the second half, including a series sweep at home in the final regular-season series between the two this year. ... Both teams swept their first-round playoff opponents: The TinCaps beat Bowling Green by a collective 15-6 margin, and the Silver Hawks took down Great Lakes 8-1 over two games.

Prediction: Going into the Bowling Green series, it was hard to bet on the TinCaps. Now, it’s hard not to. Fort Wayne looks better than it has all year and going up against a team that’s beaten the squad plenty will give the TinCaps some extra motivation. The Silver Hawks are also in the latter half of their pitching rotation, while Fort Wayne rolls out Fried and, if it goes to Game 3, gets its ace back on the mound.

Prediction: Fort Wayne wins the series 2-1.

smorrison@jg.net

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette

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