Jeff Nycz

TinCaps Drop Opener

FORT WAYNE - The TinCaps lost their opener to the Dayton Dragons 5-0 on Monday night, spoiling a strong start by young right-hander J.C. Cosme.

Cosme, who came over in the trade of Odrisamer Despaigne with Baltimore in the off-season, threw five innings giving up six hits and one earned run.

“He has a good fastball, which you wouldn’t expect given his stature [Cosme is six-foot-two and maybe 160 pounds] that has a lot of late life to go along with a good curve that he can throw for strikes,” said TinCaps’ manager Anthony Contreras after the game.

“He has a really good spin rate, which means that the balls seems to get on top of batters quicker making it tougher for them to pick up.”

The Dragons blew a 2-0 game open in the eighth innings scoring three times with two outs as a pair of walks came back to haunt the TinCaps. 

Fort Wayne’s offense was held to only four hits. Two of the hits were by left fielder Jhonatan Pena, who had hit a home runs in the previous four games.  He didn’t hit one tonight, but was still two for three on the evening.

It was a nice bounce-back by Cosme after giving up seven earned runs in an inning and a third in his last start.  The TinCaps’ coaching staff believes that the key to Cosme’s success is for him to pound the zone and not work the edges because of his ability to create movement within the strike zone.

On the season he is 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 64.1 innings with a 51/14 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio.

Fort Wayne has now played seventy-five games and for most of a very young TinCaps’ team the length of their first full-season league is becoming apparent.

“Communication with these guys is a big thing because they don’t want to come out of games,” said Contreras.

“It’s a long season and its better to get a day’s rest now and then so you are ready for the next week.  I think we’ve gotten that across to our guys pretty well and we are lucky to have a very versatile team so we can get everyone rested.”

The loss moved Fort Wayne to 39-36 on the season.


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