“It was a huge learning experience for the team in how to deal with those emotions and come back for the win,” said TinCaps’ manager Anthony Contreras.
“We’ve been talking about this from the beginning of the year, just try to get on for the next guy and don’t put the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
LHP Thomas Dorminy started the game for Fort Wayne and was rolling through the first three frames, until he took a line drive off of his leg. Dormant was able to stay in the game but seemed to be hurt more by a pair of errors that followed, giving the Dragon three runs, than any physical pain,
RHP Corey Kimber replaced Dorminy to start the sixth and tossed three scoreless innings in his second straight strong outing,
“It’s good to see him get on track,” Contreras said. “He has a good live arm and a quality breaking pitch. I’ve seen him since Rookie Ball and he has made some strides this year.”
Offensively the TinCaps were paced by the top of the order with Kodie Tidwell, Peter Van Gansen and Austin Allen reaching base five times and scoring twice.
In the eighth Tidwell reached base on an error by the third baseman. Van Gansen’s double, one of four on the night for Fort Wayne, advanced him to third and Allen’s RBI single evened the score.
However, Ruddy Giron, a Padres’ top prospect who has been having a brutal year at the plate, may have begun to turn his season around. After doubling and scoring earlier in the game, with two outs in the ninth, Giron’s hustle down the line on a strike three wild pitch enabled the TinCaps to extend the inning.
“Since the second half started he has looked better,” said Contreras. “There was some stuff mechanically. The most apparent is we want him to keep his front hip in so he is not vulnerable to breaking balls on the outside of the plate - and we have seen that adjustment.”
The TinCaps followed Giron’s hustle with a single and a walk, setting up Van Gansen’s game ending walk with the bases loaded.
“I noticed that he was leaving everything down, so I tried to look for the ball up and if it was there swing at it,” said Van Gansen on his patience at the plate. “It’s a tough situation, because you want to get the hit, but you also want to take a good swing at a good pitch.”