Davidson's Blasts Give Haley 500th Career Win

With two home runs and five RBI from Matt Davidson leading the way, manager Mark Haley celebrated his 500th career victory as the South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods 9-6 in the series opener on Tuesday night.

Mark Haley began his Minor League managerial career in 1997, filling in for the second half of the season with Winston-Salem of the Carolina League. After a year with Hickory in the South Atlantic League in 1998, he went back to a non-managerial role before coming to the Silver Hawks as manager in 2005 – a position he has held ever since.

Matt Davidson helped his skipper out, blasting a two-run homer in the third inning and a three-run shot in the sixth, giving him a team-best 14 home runs on the season. With the five runs batted in, Davidson also extends his league leading RBI total to 71 this season.

South Bend jumped on Bowling Green starter Alberto Suarez (ND) for three runs in the top of the first inning. Bobby Borchering hit his first triple of the season, driving in Keon Broxton and David Nick. Ramon Castillo added a sacrifice fly for the 3-0 advantage.

Davidson's blast in the third inning chased Suarez after just 2.2 innings, giving the Silver Hawks the 5-0 lead.

South Bend starter Scottie Allen (ND) could not hold the lead, however. After three innings and only one hit allowed, Allen allowed six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth, including a three-run homer to Kyle Spraker to put the Hot Rods up 6-5 after four. Allen was done after the four innings, receiving no decision despite striking out eight hitters and walking none.

South Bend tied the game on a Borchering double and a Castillo RBI single in the fifth inning, and then took the lead for good on Davidson's blast against Wilking Rodriguez (LP, 4-8) in the sixth. In addition to Davidson's heroics, Borchering finished with three hits and three runs scored, Andrew Fie added three hits, and Ramon Castillo had the two RBI.

After Allen's struggles, Bradin Hagens (WP, 3-5) was excellent in relief. Hagens tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in arguably his best outing of the year. Brian Budrow (SV, 2) got the final five outs for his second save in as many opportunities.

Hawk Droppings

  • Catcher Errol Hollinger shouldn't feel too bad about allowing ty Morrison to steal second base; Morrison is now 39-for-42 in stolen base attempts on the season, an incredible 93% success rate.
  • Bowling Green actually hit much betting in the clutch than South Bend did, going 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position to South Bend's 4-for-12.
  • Davidson is batting .326 with 13 doubles, a triple, and nine homers with runners on base

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