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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:50 pm

Notebook: Allen not as sharp with command

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

In Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to Wisconsin, the TinCaps received yet another solid pitching performance from Logan Allen, who has set himself up for a trip to the Midwest League All-Star Game next month.

Ordinarily, Allen has been much more than solid. That wasn't the case in his sixth start. Allen (1-2) lasted five innings and gave up a season-high three runs on four hits with five strikeouts. In 88 pitches, he threw only 48 strikes and matched a season high with three walks.

"The first few innings (were) good," Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras said. "He was attacking the guys like he did his last outing. I think once he started getting some guys on base and things started going the other direction, he kind of started getting a little too careful and not attacking the zone like he should've."

Allen's ERA rose to 2.17, which still ranks in the league's top 20.

"It's just a learning process for them," Contreras said. "Not every outing's going to be a domination. You've got to grind through the tough times and grind it out when you need to, and like I said it's another learning experience."

Speed demon: One bright spot in the loss was Eguy Rosario stealing two more bases. He now has nine steals, tied for fifth in the league.

Solid debut: Reliever Jose Galindo, who did not pitch in the minors last year after being drafted in June out of New Mexico State, made a nice first impression on TinCaps fans. He followed Allen with two shutout innings and did not allow a hit.