Lead Disappeared, Vin Scully, Johnny Football
Tuesday night marked a return to Parkview Field for the TinCaps, their first home game since July 24th. It also looked like it might have broken a four-game Fort Wayne slide, following a three-game sweep against the Dayton Dragons over the weekend. That, however, was not the case, as the TinCaps coughed up leads of 5-0 and 8-1, eventually losing, 10-9, and blowing their largest lead of the year.
There’s understandable frustration around the clubhouse for this team, which has not won at Parkview Field in 11 days and has not won more than two games in a row since June 9-11. The search for answers to the team’s play has been futile so far in this second half, as the team has dipped into the basement of the Eastern Division standings. The TinCaps 12 wins are second-fewest to the 10 that Kane County has this half.
In his office after the game, Manager Jose Valentin was fed up with his team’s play:
“It’s hard to lose a game like that, when you’re up 8-1, and your starter can’t go five innings. It’s hard to explain….Defensively, we made a big (mistake) with one out and the bases loaded. (Maxx) Tissenbaum, instead of just getting an out (at first base) tried to turn a double play on a ball where there’s no way he could have turned a double play. He threw the ball away, they scored two, We always find a way to just turn the game around. We never find a way to keep the lead…I’ve got players in here with no instincts. Managers, coaches cannot teach in that situation. I’ve thrown all my bullets. I’ve run out of bullets. I don’t know what else I can do.”
“The same players that I had in the first half are the same players that I have here. Why they play that type of baseball? I don’t know. I don’t want to make any excuses. I don’t think they’re tired, they’re just not smart enough. I think they don’t know how to get out of the struggles. It sounds like they get down in a hole, (and) they quit. We’re working on it, we help them out, but the results are getting worse and worse and worse.”
Fort Wayne starter Walker Weickel went 4 1/3 innings and allowed a career-worst eight runs (five earned) and a season-high-tying nine hits.
The TinCaps Research Department was hard at work to find the last time that a seven-run lead evaporated in a loss, and you’ve got to go back to 2006 to find it.
It was May 6, 2006 and the Fort Wayne Wizards were taking on the Kane County Cougars in Geneva, Illinois. Future major leaguers Ernesto Frieri, Mike Baxter, Nick Hundley, and Jon Link all played that day, but they were just Midwest League players at the time. The Wizards went up, 7-0, after 3 1/2 innings, only to lose, 12-8. Of the 12 runs the team allowed that day, seven of them were unearned, due to four errors.
TINCAPS REPORT PODCAST
Here’s the full audio from Jose Valentin after last night’s game:
DO YOU LIKE VIN SCULLY?
The answer is yes.
Because you do, I recommend that you watch this interview: http://web.yesnetwork.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=29278535&topic_id=&tcid=vpp_copy_29278535&v=3
Since everyone’s been talking about ESPN’s feature on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (wonderfully written by Wright Thompson, I share that with you today. I haven’t finished reading it yet (I fell asleep reading it last night. Noon game, ya know..), but it’s got some terrific nuggets.
Citizen Cope…take it away!