Caps Lose Series in South Bend

By Tommy Schoegler

April 12, 2012 Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps by a final score of 3-1 at Coveleski Stadium on Wednesday night. The Silver Hawks broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth inning and then hung on for the win. Both starting pitchers turned in dazzling performances, but the late South Bend offense was too much for the TinCaps to overcome.

Fort Wayne (2-4) scored the first run of the game for the second straight night. In the first inning, Donavan Tate walked to begin the evening, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of first baseman Travis Whitmore.

In the fourth, South Bend (3-3) answered with one run off of TinCaps starter Frank Garces, which tied the game. In the fifth, with Michael Kelly (0-1) on the hill, the Silver Hawks pushed two runs across on back to back RBI doubles from Fidel Pena and Gerson Montilla to take a 3-1 lead. Garces struck out six over his five innings, allowing one run on two hits.

South Bend starter Archie Bradley (1-1) threw six innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out seven.

With a two-run lead secured, the bullpen duo of Tyler Green and D.J. Johnson held Fort Wayne scoreless over the final three innings to nail down the win. Johnson also notched his first save of the year.

The TinCaps begin a four-game series with the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday night. Righty Adys Portillo (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to throw for Fort Wayne against right-hander Brandon Martinez (0-1, 6.23) for the Loons. First pitch at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

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