Despite strong performances by both Buddy Reed and Hudson Potts, the TinCaps dropped a 9-6 game to the Lake County Captains, bringing a seven-game winning streak at Parkview to an end.
The Captains jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a solo shot by a hot-hitting Mitch Longo, but the lead was short-lived as a single by Marcus Greene Jr. knotted the game at one apiece. Not long after, Hudson Potts drove an inside fastball over the left field fence at a 104 mph exit velocity to give Fort Wayne a 4-1 lead.
It was just the beginning of a stellar night for Potts, who would ultimately just miss the cycle after hitting a single in the fourth and igniting an eighth inning rally attempt on a double down the left field line. Yet, as impressive as his night was, Buddy Reed’s was every bit as good.
After slashing a disappointing .226/.301/.286 with twenty-nine strikeouts in eighty-four at bats over the first half of the season, Reed has come out firing on all cylinders since the All Star Break, posting a far superior .298/.377/.553 line. He continued that tear tonight with a 1-2, 3 BB, and 2 SB night, but the stats don’t tell the whole story.
While the first walk could be attributed to some obvious bad pitches, Reed had to earn the second two, displaying patience and poise to turn two strike counts into something positive for the team, but he wasn’t hesitant to attack when the team needed him to late in the game, nailing a hard grounder on a first pitch fastball off of Dalbert Siri, who has been so dominant that he hasn’t allowed a run since May 28th.
Additionally, Reed’s 70 grade speed was on full display as he swiped two bags and gained another two extra bases between a missed ball by the catcher and a pitcher’s indifference. At one point later in the game, Luis Jimenez, the Lake County Starting Pitcher, was so nervous about Reed’s run game that he checked him at first three times. Considering Reed had just four steals in the first half, it was encouraging to see him be more aggressive on the base-paths.
Unfortunately, the fact that Will Stillman and the bullpen allowed at least one run in every inning but the eighth overshadowed the burgeoning play of Potts, Reed, and the TinCaps offense.