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  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The TinCaps finish their three-game series against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Parkview Field this afternoon. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and it's Bark in the Park Day.

Sunday, May 05, 2019 11:00 am

Pregame: TinCaps (12-16) vs. Quad Cities (17-10)

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

It's a beautiful day for day baseball at Parkview Field and the TinCaps are hoping some better weather brings a better outcome than they managed in Saturday night's 10-3 loss to the River Bandits. That was a rough game all around and Fort Wayne will have to do much better in order to avoid a sweep.

The TinCaps will send their best to the mound in pursuit of that goal. Left-hander Ryan Weathers is scheduled to take the hill this afternoon, looking for his third victory of the season. He's coming off a start against South Bend a week ago in which he did not seem sharp and was removed after two innings for precautionary reasons in a 6-1 loss. All tests came back without any signs of trouble and the 19-year-old should be rested and ready to go today. As I wrote after Saturday's game, he is a terrific competitor and it's probably been eating at him that he had to come out early in that last outing. That competitiveness could be a problem if he lets himself get too hyped up and loses his command a bit, but if he harnesses it, he could put the TinCaps on his back for five innings (it's unlikely he'll go six as his pitch count should be somewhat limited following that previous start).

The River Bandits, who own the best record in the Midwest League, will counter with their third straight pair of piggyback starters. Brett Daniels, a 23-year-old right-hander, will take the mound to open the game, while fellow right-hander Luis Garcia will get the ball later in the matchup. Daniels has had an interesting season already, starting the year in the Midwest League before moving up to Double-A Corpus Christi for three appearances and then coming back down to this level. He strikes out a lot of hitters and doesn't walk many, but has given up three home runs in just 14 1/3 innings this year. That could be an issue today with the ball carrying in the warm weather. Garcia spent all of last season in the Midwest League and was solid, going 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 19 appearances (10 starts). His walk rate was a little inflated, but he strikes out plenty of hitters, as well. The TinCaps have whiffed 27 times in the first two games of this series, so they'll try to avoid the swing and miss a little bit more today.

That could prove difficult in part because one of Fort Wayne's best contact hitters, infielder Xavier Edwards, is probably out of the lineup today after leaving the game in the sixth inning for an apparent injury Saturday. We'll know more after the game concerning Edwards' status.

This is getaway day for the TinCaps as they embark on a nine-game road trip tonight following the game. It's one of their longest trips of the season and with only one win so far on this homestand, this game takes on extra importance. They'll need more energy than they brought last night. Nice weather and a big Sunday crowd could help in that area.

dsinn@jg.net