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Friday, September 15, 2017 1:40 am

Notebook: TinCaps' bats go cold

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

In the wake of Thursday's 5-0 loss to Quad Cities in Game 2 of the Midwest League Championship Series, the TinCaps were left to ponder some depressing numbers.

They're hitting .212 against the River Bandits, and they've been held scoreless in 16 of 18 innings in this series. Jack Suwinski, who has been perhaps Fort Wayne's best offensive performer with two hits and three walks in the series, insists a turnaround is near.

"We're going to keep staying positive," Suwinski said. "We're going to pass it along, not one guy trying to be the hero, just one guy at a time doing their job, and everything will fall into place from there."

With runners in scoring position this series, Fort Wayne has gone 0 for 11 compared to Quad Cities' 7 for 20.

"If we go and play our game, we'll be OK," said Kyle Overstreet, who went 1 for 4 Thursday after getting a start at first base. "We've got some guys who are a little tense. If we relax when we go on the road, we can sweep these guys (the final three games)."

Gamble: With two outs in the fourth inning, Jorge Oña, who reached on an infield single, tried to score from first on Gabriel Arias' double into the right-center gap. He was thrown out at home on what, in hindsight, was the TinCaps' best opportunity to score. Josh Rojas was credited with an outfield assist.

"Big fist pump by Sandoval after that play," Quad Cities manager Russ Steinhorn said. "The whole dugout erupted. Guys were just very fired up by that play getting the runner out at the plate."

Reed hurt: Just before Suwinski met with media, fellow Fort Wayne outfielder Buddy Reed was seen leaving the stadium with his left arm in a sling. TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras, who conducted postgame interviews prior to Suwinski, said he had not spoken with Reed.

Greene sits: A top slugger for the TinCaps all season, Marcus Greene Jr. didn't play Thursday, even in a pinch-hitting role in the later innings. "My decision," Contreras said.

Still TBD: Steinhorn insisted after the game that he still doesn't know his starting pitcher for Game 3. Fort Wayne has already announced Adrian Morejon for Game 3 and, if necessary, Reggie Lawson for Game 4 and Michel Baez for Game 5. Quad Cities hasn't revealed any plans at all for the rest of the series.

"To be determined," Steinhorn said. "We're going to have some conversations among the staff, have some phone calls and just go with the right guy we think is going to give us the best chance to go out there and compete."

Kit Scheetz, who started Game 3 of the Western Division Championship Series, would seem to be an obvious choice for Saturday night. He would be going on four days' rest. He was also on four days' rest his last outing.