The TinCaps relied on a few big bats in one big inning to win Thursday. Other than that, there wasn't much for Fort Wayne to get excited about at the plate.
Only two batters had more than one hit in the game: Corey Adamson and Gabriel Quintana. And outside of a five-hit, five-run third inning, the Tincaps put together only four hits and had no earned runs.
In the face of a victory, it seems like splitting hairs. But manager Jose Valentin brought up the gripe after the game. He wants consistency, not streakiness, at the plate. And a lack of momentum at the plate nearly let the game slip in Kane County's favor Thursday.
A bit of velocity the other way
The brightest spark in the flash-in-a-pan that was the TinCaps' third inning came from right fielder Brian Adams on the second and final home run of the day.
Adams took a fastball and fired it straight out into left field, a line drive home run that was over in a matter of seconds. Staff on hand said the ball tracked at 108 mph coming off the bat.
A couple other TinCaps got a good hold of the ball Thursday, as well. Jeremy Baltz has been a terror at the plate for opposing teams and nearly was again on several occasions for the Cougars.
Joe Ross gold again
Starting pitcher Joe Ross continues to show why he's one of the hottest prospects in the Padres farm system.
The pitcher is 3-0 on the season, and although he was hit around a bit and walked two in the win, Ross gave up only one run while recording three strikeouts.
The 19-year-old has a 1.33 ERA this season.