TinCaps Stumble Late as Struggles Continue

By Tommy Schoegler

TinCaps Stumble Late as Struggles Continue

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM EDT

South Bend (incnow.tv)- The South Bend Silver Hawks continued their dominance of the Fort Wayne TinCaps Wednesday night, scoring a 4-3 win over Fort Wayne. The victory for the Silver Hawks was their 10th in 11 tries against the TinCaps this season.

South Bend (53-30) bashed its way to an early lead with a first-inning two-run home run off the bat of Rudy Flores. Flores’ two-out blast narrowly cleared the wall in left center-field, as it propelled the Silver Hawks to a lead that would hold until the fourth inning.

After striking out seven batters in the first three innings, South Bend starter Daniel Watts finally proved himself human in the fourth, as he allowed RBI singles to Diego Goris and Rodney Daal. Those hits tied the game at two, and Fort Wayne (3-10, 46-36) took a 3-2 lead on an RBI single by Chris Burke in the fifth inning.

TinCaps starter Zach Eflin (4-5) surrendered another two-out hit, though, in the bottom of the sixth, on a two-run double by Roidany Aguila, which put South Bend back in front, 4-3.

For the second straight night, Fort Wayne had late-inning chances to score. In the eighth inning, Luis Tejada led off with a double to right field, and Luis Domoromo followed with a single to center. Tejada, trying to score from second, was ruled out by home plate umpire Chase Eade, which negated the potential tying run.

In the ninth inning, Brian Adams led off by reaching on a throwing error by pitcher Enrique Burgos, but the trio of Everth Cabrera, Mallex Smith and Diego Goris could not hit a ball out of the infield to get him home.

Fort Wayne’s returns home Thursday night as they face South Bend at 7:05 PM. The scheduled starters are Max Fried for Fort Wayne and Jesse Darrah for South Bend.

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