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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:00 pm

Game 2: TinCaps seek sweep of Hot Rods

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

As always, the Midwest League playoffs unfold quickly. After a 2-1 win Wednesday night at Bowling Green in Game 1, the TinCaps have a chance tonight to sweep the first-round series.

Pedro Avila, who went 7-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 14 regular-season starts with Fort Wayne, takes the mound at Parkview Field. He seems to have an advantage over the Hot Rods' Adrian Navas, who went 12-9 with a 4.73 ERA.

The TinCaps know Navas well because they faced him four times, twice as a starter and twice out of the bullpen. In 13 2/3 innings against Fort Wayne, Navas was charged with 16 earned runs.

Avila has just one game against Bowling Green. On June 25, the 20-year-old right-hander went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

Here's the lineup for Fort Wayne:

Jack Suwinski RF

Nate Easley LF

Hudson Potts 3B

Brad Zunica 1B

Marcus Greene Jr. C

Jorge Ona DH

Gabriel Arias SS

Buddy Reed CF

Reinaldo Ilarraza 2B

And, for the Hot Rods:

Miles Mastrobuoni 2B

Garrett Whitley LF

Josh Lowe CF

Rene Pinto C

Jesus Sanchez DH

Jim Haley 3B

Bobby Melley 1B

Emilio Gustave RF

Luis Rengifo SS

Ch-ch-changes: Whereas A.J. Kennedy started behind the plate in Game 1, TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras is going with superior offensive threat Marcus Greene Jr. tonight. Kennedy's two-run home run Wednesday was Fort Wayne's only offense. Also, Brad Zunica is back in the lineup after sitting Game 1. Kyle Overstreet, who started at first base, is on the bench to start Game 2.

Bowling Green manager Reinaldo Ruiz is running out the same nine as the opener.