FORT WAYNE – Yeison Asencio stood in the batters box after hitting a squibber near home plate in the second inning and was tagged out by Lansing catcher Carlos Perez. Five innings later, Jace Peterson did the same thing.
I guess our guys want to be players, and they also want to be umpires, TinCaps manager Jose Valentin said.
If the ball doesnt hit you, youve got to run.
Errors, mental and physical, hurt the TinCaps in a 7-0 loss to the Lugnuts in front of 4,650 fans Wednesday at Parkview Field.
Casey McElroy had two of Fort Waynes seven hits as the teams three-game winning streak came to an end.
The TinCaps were shut out for the first time this season.
Its the same thing almost every day, Valentin said. (Tuesday) we only got one hit. (Wednesday) we got a bunch of hits, but nothing with guys in scoring position (0 for 6). Our offense has been struggling. Almost every day. You have to give credit to their pitchers. And they got the hits when they needed.
Lansing hit two home runs – K.C. Hobson off Adys Portillo in the second and Gustavo Pierre off James Jones in the eighth.
Portillo (4-4) gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings to suffer his second consecutive loss.
Lansing (45-20) starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani gave up four hits and struck out three in five innings.
He had good run on his two-seam (fastball) and spotted his four-seam (fastball) pretty well, said Fort Wayne catcher Matt Colantonio, who went 1 for 3.
Noah Syndergaard surrendered three hits and struck out six in the final four innings.
He just throws cheese, Colantonio said. If youre not ready for it, you can get in trouble.
The TinCaps also had a trouble on the bases.
Travis Whitmore slowed up early while trying to advance from first to third on a single in the second inning and was thrown out.
That was my mistake, Valentin said.
I thought it was going to be tossed to the shortstop, the cut-off man. I told (Whitmore) to stay up and he slowed down too quick. Im blaming myself in that situation.
Perez threw out Duanel Jones as he tried to scramble back to second while Kyung-Min Na batted in the fifth inning.
Fort Wayne (31-35) failed to get a runner to third base. The TinCaps have not scored a run for 16 innings. Fort Wayne also made two errors, one which extended an inning and led to a Lansing run.
It was one of those days where anything good goes against you, Valentin said. But thats the type of baseball weve been playing. Everything has been crazy in the first half.
Fort Wayne has four games remaining in the half.
Hopefully we can have all the bad mistakes and the crazy stuff in the first half and see if we can be a better team in the second half, Valentin said.