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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7:00 pm

TinCaps look at daily routines to keep win streak alive

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

This season, the TinCaps are 26-16 at home and 11-23 away.

Currently on a five-game winning streak and 5-2 record to start the second half, the team will have a four-game series at Lake County and two at Great Lakes, before returning to Parkview Field for July 4 festivities.

It seems to be a combination of the special atmosphere at Parkview Field coupled with the shift in routine while on the road.

"It's the comfort," TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras said. "It's a beautiful place to play, we have a good fan base, these guys like to play in big crowds. Not too many people can play in front of a 6,000-plus crowd on a Monday or come out for a noon game on a Wednesday and play in front of 6,000 so it's a special place to play. These guys enjoy it. They like playing here."

And how to keep the win streak going with six straight road games?

"We just have to stick with what we've been doing well," catcher Jalen Washington said. "We've been getting our routines in and attacking it with a lot of optimism. We just keep the spirits high and ride this wave as long as we can."

Contreras agreed with the emphasis and importance on the daily routines and the little things to keep things as normal as possible.

"Just try to keep things going how they're going here," he said. "We try to keep our same momentum, keep our same routine. Obviously timing's a little bit different since timing's different. You get to the ballpark a little bit late, that's on myself and the coaching staff to try to create that same atmosphere and keep these guys rolling."

Contreras also commended his players in the continuing the routines the team has established throughout the season thus far, citing that as the biggest point of growth.

"Probably in their routines, the mentality they have when they attack their day," he said. "I'm a huge advocate of preparation before the game and told them before, if we can prepare better than the other team with the talent we have, we're going to be in a good spot.