South Bend (Indiana's NewsCenter) – Cody Hebner tossed five shutout innings, and Austin Hedges hit a grand slam en route to an 8-1 TinCaps win over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Tuesday night. Fort Wayne used the strength of a seven-run fourth inning to surge to the win.
In the first inning, Fort Wayne (2-3) scored the first run of the game when, with runners at first and third, South Bend (2-3) pitcher JR Bradley (0-1) was called for a balk. That allowed Donavan Tate to come around and put Fort Wayne ahead 1-0.
The TinCaps led by that same score entering the fourth inning, but the tally would be drastically different at the conclusion of the frame. The first seven batters to the plate in the inning would reach on base hits, and all of them would score. The big play of the inning was Austin Hedges’ grand slam that put the TinCaps in front 6-0. It was the first home run of the year for Fort Wayne, which entered Tuesday’s game as just one of three teams in the league without a home run. The TinCaps scored twice more in the inning, and never looked back. Hedges finished the game with four runs batted in.
Hebner (1-0) went five innings in his Fort Wayne debut, striking out six of the first seven batters he faced, and nine in total. Luis De La Cruz, Robert Eisenbach and Matt Stites combined for four innings of one-run relief to solidify the win.
In addition to Hedges, Tate, Casey McElroy, Travis Whitmore and Kyle Gaedele all had multi-hit performances.
The rubber match of the series is Wednesday night in South Bend. Lefty Frank Garces (0-0, 0.00) throws for Fort Wayne, against righthander Archie Bradley (0-0, 0.00) for South Bend. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
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