South Bend, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks scored seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to break open a close game and defeat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 11-2 Saturday afternoon. The 11 runs set a new season high for the Hawks, while their 14 hits matched the best effort of this year.
The Silver Hawks sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh, scoring seven runs against Wisconsin reliever Wily Peralta (ND). Justin Parker and Ramon Ramirez each had two run triples in the inning, while Chris Davis added an RBI double. Alberto Diaz and Rossmel Perez both picked up RBI singles for the Hawks, who turned a one run lead into an eight run lead with the offensive explosion.
Ramirez had a huge day at the plate for South Bend, as he also had a two-run triple in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2. It was the second multi-hit game for Ramirez this season, and his first four RBI game for South Bend.
Parker had another big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and stretching his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games. Perez’s streak reached nine games with a 2-for-4 day.
South Bend starter Brett Moorhouse (WP, 1-3) was the beneficiary of his team’s big day at the plate, although he pitched well enough that he didn’t need all the support. Moorhouse allowed just two unearned runs on six hits in six innings, earning his first victory of the year.
The Timber Rattlers scored both of their runs in the second inning against Moorhouse. Corey Kemp singled to start the inning and Erik Miller reached on a fielding error. Edgar Trejo brought them both home with a single to center for a 2-0 lead at the time.
T.J. Hose, Yonata Ortega, and Bayron Zepeda combined to one-hit shutout the
Timber Rattlers over the final three innings to close out the fifth straight win for South Bend.
Starter Cody Adams (LP, 1-3) took the loss for Wisconsin, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings. Wisconsin is now winless in nine road games this season.
* Ramirez' two triples hive him five in the past three seasons, still short
of his whopping total of six in 233 at-bats with the DSL Diamondbacks in 2006
* Hose, Ortega, and Zepeda each have ERAs under 2.00 for the Hawks
* All nine Hawks hitters collected at least one hit in the game
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