Saturday, September 16, 2017 7:40 pm
Game 3: TinCaps (0-2) vs. Quad Cities (2-0)
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Trailing the Midwest League Championship Series two games to none, the TinCaps must win three times on the road after Quad Cities took both games of this best-of-five series at Parkview Field.
"We've done it before," first baseman Kyle Overstreet said. "We got down (in the Eastern Division Championship Series) and came back in Dayton. We're fine right now. We're good enough to win this."
A first step must come tonight in Game 3 at Modern Woodmen Park, where the River Bandits went 45-25 in the regular season. They drew an average attendance of 3,286, placing them eighth in the 16-team Midwest League.
In three home games this postseason, Quad Cities' average crowd has dipped to 956, but that number appears set to increase on a Saturday night, with rally towels, discounted food and beverage and a postgame fireworks show all adding to the main attraction of a chance to see the River Bandits claim the George H. Spelius Championship Trophy.
This is a well-situated stadium, just a short walk from the main drag of downtown Davenport and on the banks of the Mississippi River in close proximity to the Centennial Bridge. The sound of cars and trucks crossing over from Illinois provides a steady hum in the background.
So that's the scene, but the TinCaps can't get caught up in it. Clubhouse manager Sam Lewis enthusiastically interjected, "We're coming back champions," during Game 2's postgame interviews. Fort Wayne's players feel the same way.
"Absolutely, 100 percent," outfielder Jack Suwinski said. "Of course. We're ready to beat these guys the next three games."
Adrian Morejon is tonight's starting pitcher. After joining the TinCaps in late July, the 18-year-old left-hander developed some rather stark splits depending on the type of batter he was facing.
Lefties hit just .191 off Morejon and drew only two walks against him in six starts. Morejon allowed a .322 batting average to righties and issued 11 walks to righties, who see the ball better out of his hand.
Chuckie Robinson, Chas McCormick, Abraham Toro, Wander Franco and Kristian Trompiz have combined for 11 hits in this series and are guys who will swing from the right side against Morejon.
Whether Morejon can contain that group and continue his dominance of lefties will likely determine whether Fort Wayne can extend this series to a Game 4 on Sunday night.
Roster move: Center fielder Buddy Reed will miss the remainder of this series due to his injury sustained in Game 2. The league allows injury replacements, and Tyler Selesky has been added to the TinCaps' roster. Selesky can play the infield and outfield.