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TinCaps
vs. Lansing
When: 7:05 p.m. today
TV: Xfinity Channel 81
Radio: 1380 AM
Tickets: $12.50, $10, $9, $8, $5 (lawn)
Information: TinCaps.com or 482-6400

Poor play frustrates manager

TinCaps struggle to rediscover winning ways

TinCaps manager Jose Valentin has borne one face throughout the second half of the season.

It’s a grimace – and deservedly so.

Fort Wayne is 14-25 in the second half, and the TinCaps are a league-worst 3-7 in their last 10 games.

The former major league shortstop is just as competitive as he was during his career. He pulls no punches in news conferences.

And here are some of the highlights from the second half, which has featured some bad baseball from the TinCaps and honest commentary from Valentin.

July 31, after a 10-9 loss to Lake County: “They pretty much quit on it. … I don’t think that we have the guts to (turn the second half around). We’ve got some guys in here who are too soft, too soft for this game of baseball – mentally, physically, I don’t think they have the heart to do it.”

July 22, after an 11-4 loss to Cedar Rapids: “We never got the hits when we need them with men in scoring position. We tied the game, but we tied it with an E6. Same inning, we got second and third with one out. Strikeout, fly out to end the inning. Can’t get the guy in with less than two outs. That’s the difference. It’s frustrating.”

July 18, after an 8-3 win against Quad Cities: “(Starting pitcher Max) Fried, pretty much, was bad. He was bad. His tempo – working too slow. Working behind the count. Lucky he made the pitches when he had to. … I hated playing with a guy like that. It’s tough to be on your feet when a guy’s behind the count.”

July 17, after a 4-3 loss to Quad Cities: “When you’re not playing the way you’re supposed to be, you’re not going to win some ballgames. To be able to win three in a row, or at least win more games, we just got to play better baseball overall – pitching, hitting and playing defense. We’re not doing that.”

July 7, after an 8-4 loss against Great Lakes: “The game’s not over in one inning. … You got to continue to play the game hard. I guess they made excuses, they pretty much quit on it. I didn’t see any more intensity after (a blown call by the umpire). We never really, after that, had any good hitting. We didn’t put any pressure on it. I was trying to keep the guys in the game, but I guess there’s not too much I can do.”

TinCaps win on road

The TinCaps coughed up an early three-run lead Friday night but didn’t get rattled, defeating the Lake County Captains 7-5 in Eastlake, Ohio.

The TinCaps had an early 3-0 lead, but it had melted into a 4-3 deficit by the seventh inning, when Alberth Martinez had a home run to tie it.

Luis Domoromo’s RBI double in the eighth gave Fort Wayne the lead.

And Gabriel Quintana and Domoromo drove in two more runs in the ninth for needed security.

Prior to their game, pitcher Joe Church was placed on the disabled list, making room for the now-healthy Roman Madrid, who got his 16th save.

smorrison@jg.net

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