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TinCaps still behind South Bend

The TinCaps started the second half of the season just like they ended the first half – with a sluggish offense and chasing the South Bend Silver Hawks.

Fort Wayne remained winless in seven tries against South Bend with a 2-1 loss at Parkview Field on Thursday.

The TinCaps finished in second place to South Bend in the division as both teams earned playoff spots.

South Bend held Fort Wayne to only two hits Thursday in front of a Parkview Field-record crowd of 8,643.

"The biggest key for us is the middle of the lineup, the guys who drive in the runs will have to pick it up," Fort Wayne manager Jose Valentin said of the second half of the season. "We have to find the hot hand. We found a way in the first half doing it that way, so I guess we will have to find a way in the second half.

"We have to get hits in clutch situations and play small ball, like getting the guy over. Our team isn't the kind who hits the ball out of the park, so we need to get the ball into play and make something happen."

The record crowd, which beat the previous mark of 8,577 of April 5, 2012, wasn't enough to spark the TinCaps' offense.

"It's nice to play in front of a crowd like that," Valentin said. "I'm happy to see the people here support our team. As a player, that's how I liked to play, with the excitement of a big crowd.

"Hopefully we can continue to see crowds like this, and even bigger come the playoffs when we'll need the crowd to support us. The stadium and crowd made it feel like playing in a big league field."