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The Journal Gazette

Friday, August 11, 2017 1:10 am

Notebook: Improved command helps Lawson

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Reggie Lawson, who pitched five shutout innings for the TinCaps on Thursday night, received praise for a bounce-back outing.

Even though Fort Wayne lost 5-2 to Bowling Green at Parkview Field, Lawson recovered from being charged with nine earned runs over his two previous games. TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras cited improved command as a main reason, given the 20-year-old right-hander threw 49 of his 66 pitches for strikes and did not issue a walk.

"We wanted to see if he could get back to what he showed when he first started here and get a good outing under his belt, and he was good," Contreras said. "He was productive with the fastball. The curveball was there at times, but I think being able to locate the fastball was huge for him today."

Submissions accepted: The TinCaps are asking fans to offer any photographs they took of Parkview Field or TinCaps players that might be worthy of inclusion in the team calendar. Submissions can be sent in by email (info@tincaps.com) by Aug. 18. Photos must be high resolution.

Ouch: The injury that sent Brad Zunica to the disabled list Thursday occurred in Tuesday's win over Great Lakes, where Zunica was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning. Contreras seemed uncertain if Zunica would return to the TinCaps this season.

"We'll see," Contreras said. "Obviously you're messing with a broken foot and the career of somebody. You don't want to push them just because we're in a playoff race in low-A baseball. You want to make sure he's taken care of for the rest of his career."