The TinCaps can't find a rhythm.
Fort Wayne's 4-3 loss to Quad Cities on Wednesday at Parkview Field squandered another chance to build some momentum.
The TinCaps (52-42) have yet to win three games in a row in the second half.
They haven't gone on a three-game streak since winning nine straight from June 2-11.
The River Bandits (52-41) got 6 1/3 innings from starter Lance McCullers, who was nearly untouchable until his final inning.
The right-hander struck out eight and threw in the mid-90s for much of the game, and he dropped speeds on a devastating slider that buckled the TinCaps more than once.
He didn't make many mistakes – but his last one let Fort Wayne back in the game.
In the seventh inning, shortstop Tyler Stubblefield smacked a laser into the second row of seats in left field.
The home run, which came off the bat at 105 mph, gave the TinCaps some life.
It was short-lived.
TinCaps starter Zach Eflin kept it close for Fort Wayne, which moved to 9-15 in the second half. Eflin went 6 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and one earned run, while striking out four.
As sharp as he was, the TinCaps bats were just as sluggish.
In the top of the ninth, that lack of focus carried over onto the diamond.
A pair of errors in the frame – one a misplayed fly ball by right fielder Brian Adams, the other a throwing error by third baseman Gabriel Quintana – allowed the decisive runs to cross for Quad Cities.
Fort Wayne rallied in the bottom half, but the TinCaps could only muster one run. Juan Minaya got the save for Quad Cities.
Note: Quintana was reinstated from the disabled list for Fort Wayne, while pitcher Ruben Mejia was moved to the DL. It is Mejia's second time off because of injury this season.