In the wake of last night's canceled game (rain), manager Jim Pankovits thinks the day off will do some good for the struggling ValleyCats:
“I’ve got to be perfectly honest. I’m a little surprised that we’re where we’re at. I think we have a better club than we’ve shown. Hopefully, we’ll be able to put together some wins. As you said, we’ve lost a lot of winnable games and I think it’s just a matter of having a good, late-inning type win, maybe a come-from-behind win that might spur some confidence with some guys. I think we’ve got the bats going for the most part now and if we can get a little pitching to go with that and can play a little better defense, we’ll be all right.”
From the season-opener on June 18 to June 26, the ValleyCats were 4-5. From June 27-present, the ValleyCats are 5-10. So after 24 games, Tri-City is 8.5 games back of division leader Vermont, and have the second-worst Win% in the League.