Wisconsin 1 @ South Bend 4
South Bend, IN – The chant in the South Bend Silver Hawks clubhouse after their 4-1 victory over the Wisconsin Timberrattlers in game two of their best-of-series was, "We need one more." More than anything, it was a reminder the work of winning the Midwest League title was not complete, but just part of their journey.
The Hawks got on the board first in the second inning when Cesar Nicolas belted a home run to left field giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks and starter Ross Ohlendorf were able to keep the Timberrattlers off the board until the fourth inning. With one out, Oswaldo Navarro doubled to left field and advanced to third on an Ohlendorf wild pitch. Jeff Clement then grounded out to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio scoring Navarro tying the game at one.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh. Carlos Gonzales opened with a walk and moved up 90 feet on a Cesar Nicolas single to left field. After Augie Murillo flied out, Wilkin Castillo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Orlando Mercado then reached on a fielding error by third baseman Brandon Johnson allowing Carlos Gonzales to score for a 2-1 South Bend lead. Jereme Milons then grounded into a force out to score Nicolas from third advancing the Hawks lead to 3-1 and they closed the inning on Brandon Simon's bunt single to plate Castillo for a 4-1 lead.
The Silver Hawks (6-0) continue the Midwest League Championship Series Thursday night at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI, when they face the Wisconsin Timberrattlers (4-3) in game three of the best-of-five series. First pitch is slated for 6:35 PM.