Sunday games haven’t been the best for the TinCaps this season, that’s for sure.
The TinCaps struck out 14 times, were outhit 12-6, and allowed seven doubles in their most recent Sunday outing, a 5-2 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Parkview Field to fall to 3-11 on Sundays.
“It’s all mental preparation,” manager Michael Collins said. “We know coming in that, yes, we played last night at 7 o’clock, that’s a quick turn around to play again at 1 o’clock today. We know that coming in, so we need to be mentally prepared, get our rest, come in, put in work and be ready to play.”
Rest was not an option Sunday for Trea Turner as he ended up coming off the bench as the infield shifted to compensate for a Luis Tejada injury in the third.
“I didn’t get to prepare like I do for a start,” he said. “It’s a little different when you have an off day; you approach the game a little bit differently. You got to battle. It wasn’t my best at bats, but you got to do what you have to do to help the team.”
Rest seemed to have proved effective for Dustin Peterson. He had the day off for Saturday’s and entered the game 7 for 48 in his last 11 games. After grounding out twice and striking out another, Peterson finally got a base hit on a line drive in the eighth.
“He got that hit, that was good,” Collins said. “Just a regular rest day yesterday. he’ll be back out there tomorrow, playing third, batting second. That time of year, give him the day off. He came out today and played pretty well.”
Peterson appreciated the day off.
“It helped. It’s always nice to have a day off just to recuperate and give your body a break,” he said.
Tejada’s injury forces him out of the lineup for the series finale against Wisconsin on Monday, and he will continue to be evaluated throughout the week.
The TinCaps finish their three-game series with Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Monday.