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By the numbers: Lake County 10, TinCaps 9

TinCaps manager Jose Valentin said he thinks his players have given up. From what he's seen so far in the second half, it doesn't seem like Fort Wayne has an answer for its own problems.

"I don't think that we have the guts to do it," Valentin said. "We've got some guys in here who are too soft, too soft for this game of baseball – mentally, physically, I don't think they have the heart to do it.

"They want to play baseball, but they just want to play. There's not any intensity, no guts, no fire, nothing. They just go out there, play nine innings and forget about all the results after the game."

That said, here are some numbers from Fort Wayne's 10-9 loss to Lake County on Tuesday.

7 -- Run lead for the TinCaps in the top of the fifth, when starter Walker Weickel gave up four earned runs on five hits to even the score. It was the largest blown lead of the season for Fort Wayne.

5 -- Games above .500. The TinCaps were last even in wins and losses on April 17, when they were 6-6 after a loss to South Bend.

3 -- Players who did not cross home plate from both teams combined. TinCaps shortstop Tyler Stubblefield didn't score, and Captains first baseman Joe Sever, as well as designated hitter Richard Stock, never touched home. All 15 other players got runs in the game.

29 -- Hits between Fort Wayne (13) and Lake County (16). Each team batted around once – the TinCaps in the first, the Captains in the fifth – and combined for 79 at-bats.

0 -- Ideas. Valentin said he has no clue what else to do to light a fire under his team. If the guys don't have it in them to do it themselves, he said, than it won't happen.

The TinCaps have a chance to respond at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, in a rematch with the Captains.

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