“We weren’t scoring a lot of runs so we have really been working on running the bases hard; first and third situations and stealing bases. That was the emphasis of our pre-game work yesterday,” Jose Valentin, the TinCaps' manager said on his attempt to generate more offense.
“If we can be more aggressive we can create more opportunities.”
“We just got to keep trying, find a way to get better everyday.”
RHP Joe Ross started the game for Fort Wayne and pitched better than the box score will indicate. In the first inning the first three batters hit seeing-eye singles off of him and then he hung a slider to bring in two runs with the fourth.
Ross was able to settle down and keep his compose to escape the inning gave up only one more run. He probably have shut down Peoria completely if he had a little better defense behind him.
“Its one thing that you learn from playing baseball that you have to learn to keep your composure,” Ross on the first inning.
“I was disappointed in the first inning but I was really happy with what happened in the third when I was able to get out of there with throwing very few pitches.”
“That is the biggest thing I am working on is becoming more efficient with my pitches.”
In the third inning Fort Wayne got back two runs when right fielder Corey Adamson walked with center fielder Alberth Martiniez doubling down the left field line to score him.
Shortstop Jace Peterson singled to put runners on first and third and on DH Justin Miller’s strikeout Peterson took off for second and beat the throw which allowed Martiniez to “steal” home to put the second run of the game on the board.
Peterson is now hitting .318, stole two bases and showed off a very powerful arm later in the game throwing a perfect strike from deep in the hole on the outfield grass. He may be the Padres’ first real shortstop prospect since Khalil Greene.
In the seventh inning, after being down all game, the TinCaps finally caught up with the Chiefs with three doubles in the inning caped off by Adamson racing around third to put Fort Wayne up for good.
Adamson, who got off to a one for twenty-two start in the Midwest League, feels that he is on the verge of turning things around.
“In the away games I started to hit a little and then when I came here it seemed like I was hitting line drives right at people,” said the Australian native on his struggles at the plate.
“Me and [Casey] McElroy were having a joke that we are cursed here. So its nice to get that out of the way.”
“The key for me was to not get frustrated and keep up my daily work.”
After Ross left the game in the fifth inning the TinCaps bullpen, Johnny Barbato, who was the winning pitcher and Daniel Cropper, held Peoria scoreless for the next three innings.
RHP Matt Stites came in for the ninth to get his second save of the year, striking out the first two batters he faced.
Notes: LF Donavan Tate left the game in the third inning with a slightly pulled hamstring. Valentin told the media after the game that he pulled Tate out of the game as more of a precautionary measure because of the cold weather than a serious problem.
“It feels all right, the only time it bothers me when I try to spring,” said Tate.
“I definitely want to stay on the field but I also want to take care of it now so it won’t last and cause me to miss more time.”