I don't think manager Jose Valentin is looking for perfection, but he does want consistency.
Instead, he's getting pitchers that look great some of the time, and then lay an egg. And batters who show flashes, but then have four hits -- as a team -- in a game.
Such was the case today.
Pitcher Joe Webb looked alright, except the high fastball that was tagged for a home run in Cedar Rapids' 2-1 victory at Parkview Field.
And the TinCaps mustered only four hits as a team.
Brett Adam Walker saw a high fastball and blasted it over the left-center wall for a his Midwest League-leading 21st home run in front of 7,261 fans.
"Joe, I think he was OK," Valentin said. "It was one of those days where he made some bad pitches and was getting away with them early in the game. But sooner or later, if you keep pitching that way, you're going to suffer and that's what happened."
Ross went six innings, giving up seven hits, striking out three and walking two.