South Bend (Indiana's NewsCenter)- Six innings of dominant pitching from Frank Garces paired with home runs from Duanel Jones and Tyler Stubblefield led the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 3-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Tuesday afternoon. Fort Wayne has now won four straight games, and six of its last seven on the road.
Garces (8-5) picked up his seventh win in his last eight starts, pitching six innings and allowing one run. The lefthander struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk, marking just the second time all season he did not issue a free pass. He allowed a run in the fifth inning on a Tom Belza sacrifice fly.
Fort Wayne (23-14, 54-53) got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning against Silver Hawks starter Tyler Green (3-7). Duanel Jones launched a home run into the seats in left for his fourth home run of the year. In the third inning, Tyler Stubblefield hit his fifth home run of the year, a two-run blast, that gave the TinCaps a 3-0 lead.
South Bend (18-19, 53-54) threatened several times after Garces’ departure, but notched just one more run. In the eighth against James Jones, a Kerry Jenkins fielder’s choice scored Tom Belza, cutting the TinCaps lead to 3-2. Daniel Cropper came on for the ninth, earning his eighth save in ten tries.
The TinCaps ‘ overall record now sits one game above .500 for the first time since April 17th, 2011, when the Shawn Wooten managed club was 6-5.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:05 PM. The scheduled starters are Chris Fetter for the TinCaps and Keith Hessler for the Silver Hawks.
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