July 13, 2009 - Midwest League (MWL) - South Bend Silver Hawks
Appleton, WI - Even with a 5-2 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Monday afternoon, the South Bend Silver Hawks return home from their longest road trip of the season with six wins in 10 games away from the Cove.
South Bend jumped out to an early lead with a two out top of the first rally against Efrain Nieves (WP, 3-5). A.J. Pollock singled with two away and scored on a double from Marc Krauss for the 1-0 lead. That would be the only run allowed by Nieves in his 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven.
Wisconsin answered immediately, tying the game before Ryan Cook (LP, 6-8) got an out. Juan Sanchez started the bottom of the first with a walk, and scored on a double from Peter Fatse. Fatse reached as far as third with one out, but was thrown out at the plate on a fielder\'s choice, leaving the game tied at 1-1.
The Timber Rattlers tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Sean McCraw had an infield single, but was erased on a fielder\'s choice by Michael Marseco. Marseco stole second, and came in to score when Juan Sanchez bounced one off of Victor Estevez at short for a RBI single, putting Wisconsin up 2-1 after five innings.
Brock Kjeldgaard\'s 14th home run of the year came with two outs in the sixth inning, putting Wisconsin up 3-1 on the solo blast. The Timber Rattlers scored two more in the seventh, with Marseco driving home a run with a triple and Sanchez adding a sacrifice fly. All five runs were charged to Cook, who suffered his eighth loss of the year.
The Silver Hawks had two threats in the middle innings, loading the bases with two outs against Nieves in the fifth, and putting runners at first and second with one out against reliever Brandon Ritchie (ND) in the sixth. Nieves struck out Pollock to end the fifth inning, with Ritchie getting a double play from Rossmel Perez to end the sixth.
South Bend brought the tying run to the plate a few times in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with nobody out. Isaias Asencio had a sacrifice fly to score Alberto Diaz making it a 5-2 ballgame. Nick Tyson (SV, 5) was brought in to get the final two outs, leading Wisconsin to the series win.
After an off day Tuesday, the Silver Hawks are back at Coveleski Stadium Wednesday to open up a six game home stand beginning with three against the Kane County Cougars. Game time Wednesday is scheduled for 7:00 PM Eastern Time with LHP Taylor Sinclair (2-3, 3.80 ERA) expected to be activated from the DL to start for South Bend. Kane County is scheduled to start RHP Shawn Haviland (6-5, 4.08 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 PM on 1620 ESPN Radio and online at www.silverhawks.com.