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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:00 am

TinCaps stay positive in loss to Chiefs

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps loss to the Peoria Chiefs 6-4 Friday night. The Midwest League's worst team put up 13 hits on Fort Wayne and held the TinCaps to just six. What looked like a series sweep might be in the cards for Fort Wayne didn't happen, and the team that rallied from nine runs down on Thursday looked flat and out of energy.

Fort Wayne had runners on in the bottom of the ninth but the magic was all used up on Thursday. Omar Cruz took the loss but said he likes his team's ability to not give up.

“We never put our heads down and we competed all game," he said.

Manager Anthony Contreras still took away a few positives from winning two of three games in the series.

“The progression from Juwaun (Harris) is something we can take away and he comes up big yesterday," Contreras said. "We were in it; we had an opportunity with runners on, so we have to build to build off that stuff."

Harris had a solo home run in the fifth inning and then a game-tying grand slam in the eighth of that comeback win.

Fort Wayne starts a three-game series with Cedar Rapids today. Efrain Contreras is expected to be on the mound for Fort Wayne.

“We have to kind of clear our minds and prepare for Cedar Rapids," Contreras said.