Silver Hawks Rally Falls Just Short

The South Bend Silver Hawks rallied from a six-run deficit to come within one run of the Kane County Cougars Wednesday night, but ultimately lost the contest 8-7.

Silver Hawks hitters saw Kane County starter Murphy Smith well in the early going, as the first two batters of the game lined hard singles up the middle.   Keon Broxton got a sloppy jump off Smith and was caught stealing, however, and David Nick was stranded at first base.  Smith settled down to allow just one run over his first five innings of work.

Kane County's Tyreace House extended his streak of reaching base safely to 41 games by drawing a first-inning walk.  Myrio Richard also walked in the inning, and unlike South Bend's two first inning baserunners, House and Richard each scored on Mike Gilmartin's double.  They continued to capitalize off their opportunities, scoring five runs on five hits through the first two frames.  South Bend Starter Diogenes Rosario lasted only four innings, allowing six runs to score.

Down 7-1 through five, the Silver Hawks started to rally in the sixth.  The first four batters of the inning reached, chasing Smith from the game.  Jose Pina came on in relief and struggled to locate his pitches using his new low-three-quarters delivery, walking in two more runs.  He managed to strike out the side, however, helped in part by two very questionable called strikes to Keon Broxton.  So the Hawks scored three and stranded three in the inning.

The Hawks plated another against Pena the following inning, courtesy of a double by Ramon Castillo and an RBI single from Matt Helm.  Castillo's double made it 20 of 21 games that he has hit safely with South Bend this year.  The Cougars followed Pena with Bo Schultz, who throws from an even lower angle than does Pina.  Schultz tossed 1.1 hitless and scoreless frames before Jose Guzman entered the ninth with a save opportunity.

Before Guzman recorded an out in the inning, he allowed a mammoth two-run homer to Ramon Castillo.  Castillo's blast cleared the picnic deck in Elstrom Stadium's left field for an estimated distance of well over 400 feet.  The next three Silver Hawks were retired in order, however, leaving South Bend on the short end of the 8-7 score.

Hawk Droppings

  • Keon Broxton scored the Hawks' first run after tripling in the third.  It was his minor-league-leading 14th three-bagger of the year.
  • Brian Budrow had his scoreless streak snapped at 14.1 innings when he allowed a two-out RBI single in the 8th
  • Chris Owings, who is on the DL with plantar fascilitis, hit some home runs during batting practice, but did not take infield before the game

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