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Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:00 am

Contreras sees starter for Game 2 'ready to go'

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

With the TinCaps down 1-0 in the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series against Quad Cities, right-hander Lake Bachar will start Game 2 for Fort Wayne.

“He was here (Tuesday) throwing (a bullpen session) and keeping himself ready,” TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras said. “It's a championship series. I don't think it's going to take much to get him into a groove and be ready to go.”

Bachar (4-1) has six starts for the TinCaps this season, giving up 33 hits in 372/3 innings, striking out 28.

“He's been pretty consistent,” Contreras said. “He's able to throw three pitches for strikes and command it pretty well. ... We want him to come out here, realize what these hitters are able to do and can't do and pitch to that and pitch to his strengths.”

The River Bandits have the upper hand after their 6-3 win in Game 1, but it will be business as usual as lefty Patrick Sandoval (2-2) takes the mound.

“He's a competitor,” Quad Cities manager Russ Steinhorn said. “He throws three pitches for strikes, attacks guys, we're looking forward to seeing what he can do out there after his first outing against Peoria in the elimination game with our backs against the wall in the first round.

“He's pitched in big-time games and had some big-time performances, so we're excited to see what he can do (today).”

The River Bandits were allowed to enjoy Wednesday's win until the clock struck midnight, then it was a clean slate with a new and clear focus for today.

“(Today) is a new day and that's the day we're going to be focusing on,” Steinhorn said. “We're looking to finish what we started and don't let up from here.

“We've never talked about any pressure in any of these situations. We've talked about it like another game, we play hard until the last out and leave all the results on the field. We don't really talk about the situation. Business as usual, just another game, trying to win every out.”

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