FORT WAYNE – Most of the TinCaps? ruts this season have been tied to a lack of offensive execution.During this current slide, though, a lot of the blame falls on the starting pitching.Fort Wayne (11-10, 42-49 overall) lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling to Beloit 8-3 in front of 6,846 fans Friday at Parkview Field.?I don?t know if we are tired or we?re taking it too easy. We went from hot to cold,? Fort Wayne manager Jose Valentin said. ?It?s frustrating. We?re going back to the same baseball we played in the first half. I don?t want to see that.?Fort Wayne starting pitcher Colin Rea gave up six runs (five earned) on four hits. He walked five and left after failing to retire a batter in the fourth inning.?I was just battling all night,? Rea said. ?I was falling behind hitters. It?s going to be a tough night when you?re falling behind. I don?t think I got ahead of too many hitters.?It was a tough night.?Rea continued a trend of short starts for Fort Wayne pitchers.It was the fifth consecutive game the TinCaps? starting pitcher has failed to get through five innings. In the five games, the starters have worked a total of 18 innings and have given up 19 earned runs with an ERA of 9.50.?Our guys today, overall we threw 201 pitches in nine innings. It?s tough to win a game like that,? Valentin said. ?Working behind in the count too many times, sooner or later you?re going to get hurt. And that?s what happened.?Beloit (10-11, 49-42) scored two runs in the first inning. The Snappers added another run in the third.Fort Wayne failed to take advantage of some scoring opportunities early. The TinCaps had a runner in scoring position with less than two outs in the first and second innings. Both times, the team didn?t score.?We had a lot of base runners, a lot of hits (11),? said Travis Jankowski, who went 3 for 5. ?It was just the timely hitting. We couldn?t get them over and get them in.? Fort Wayne finally broke through with two runs in the third inning. Jankowski led the inning off with a double. He moved to third on a bunt single by Jace Peterson and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Gallic. Yeison Asencio drove in Peterson with a single to center field to make it 3-2. Asencio went 3 for 4 with two RBI.The Snappers came back with three runs in the fourth inning to stretch their lead to 6-2. ?Hopefully we can react soon enough in time and pick it up and play better,? Valentin said. Note: The TinCaps activated pitcher Robert Eisenbach from the disabled list. Pitcher Ruben Mejia was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 10. email@example.com
Last updated: July 16, 2012 10:46 a.m.
Beloit 8, TinCaps 3
Poor pitching costs 'Caps
6th loss in 7 games; another short outing from starter
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