TinCaps manager Jose Valentin said starter Joe Ross has a rare skill for a minor league pitcher.
He can make up for his teammates' mistakes -- as he did Thursday.
"He made just one bad pitch on a changeup, and then he gave up a home run," Valentin said of Ross after Fort Wayne's 5-2 win against South Bend. "But like I said, he keeps his composure in there and he made some pitches. The defense, he didn't get too much help behind him, but he's one of those guys that he keeps his mind in the game and doesn't let that thing affect him."
The TinCaps made three errors behind Ross in the first three innings, but the ace didn't give up a run in either frame. That lone mistake Valentin mentioned was the only run in Ross' outing.
The 20-year-old, who is a top-15 prospect in the San Diego Padres organization, went seven innings giving up one earned run, five hits with three strikeouts. He got through those frames on 94 pitches, 73 or which were strikes.
Ross did it when his team most needed that kind of performance. After a 16-inning game Wednesday, the TinCaps had four pitchers, Ross included, that they could use Thursday.
"Great job by Joe not letting that situation affect him," Valentin said. "I think it was one of the best outings for him, not only that he went seven innings, but after a long day yesterday when we used everybody in the bullpen, to see him go out there and give me a good seven innings – keep the game close.
"And then just go up there and be aggressive, throw strikes, get some outs in clutch situations. It was a great plus for us."