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TinCaps take to the road

Coming off an 11-4 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday, the reeling TinCaps have an off day before getting out on the road for six games.

And Fort Wayne (54-45, 11-19 second half) will look to turn things around both hitting and pitching in time to return to Parkview field on July 30.

"I don't know how they will respond, but hopefully they get plenty of rest," TinCaps manager Jose Valentin said of the day off Tuesday.

Four Fort Wayne pitchers gave up 14 hits to Cedar Rapids (61-37, 21-9).

After clinching a first-half playoff spot with a second-place finish, the TinCaps have struggled – at times pitching and at times hitting.

After going 14-10 in April, 17-12 in May and 15-11 in June, the team is 8-11 in July.

"There's probably not too many of these guys who have played over 80 games before," Valentin said. "I understand this because I was a player but when you sign a contract to be a professional baseball player, you have to suck it up. You have to work at it, not do too much and not do too little.

"These guys have been working hard, and they will continue to do so, but it isn't the quantity, it is the quality."

With the game against the Kernels (who took the three-game series 2-1), Fort Wayne wraps up its interdivision games and went 11-12 against the Western Division.

"This is what I have, so I can't quit on them and keep trying to make them better and be patient with them," Valentin said.

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