First pitch: Fort Wayne at South Bend, today at 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/Chris Fetter vs. SB/Keith Hessler
Radio: ESPN 1380-AM
Fort Wayne utilized power and pitching in getting by South Bend 3-2 at Covaleski Stadium on Tuesday in Midwest League action.
TinCap starter Frank Garces was strong throughout his six innings of work and he got offense from Duanel Jones and Tyler Stubblefield to carry the club to its fourth consecutive victory, including six of the past seven road games.
Garces (8-5) picked up his seventh win in his last eight starts, pitching six innings and allowing one run. The left-hander struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk, marking just the second time all season he did not issue a base on balls. He allowed a run in the fifth inning on a Tom Belza sacrifice fly.
Fort Wayne (23-14 second half, 54-53) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning against Silver Hawks starter Tyler Green (3-7) on a Jones home run to left field.
The TinCaps stretched that advantage to 3-0 in the next inning when Stubblefield hit his fifth home run of the year.
South Bend (18-19, 53-54) threatened several times after Garces' departure, but notched just one more run against Fort Wayne reliever James Jones. The Silver Hawks got a run in the eighth inning to trim their deficit to 3-2, but TinCap pitcher Daniel Cropper came on for the ninth to hold the lead and earn his eighth save in 10 tries.
The win boosted the TinCaps overall record to over .500 for the first time since April 17 of last season.
Fort Wayne brought back one of its 2011 regulars on Tuesday, as the club placed infielder Felix Cabrera on the disabled list and brought infielder BJ Guinn back to town from Advanced-A Lake Elsinore.
Cabrera has appeared in 18 games this season for Fort Wayne, hitting .209 with one home run and four runs batted in.
Guinn was transferred back to Fort Wayne, where the infielder spent all of the 2011 season. He had suffered a torn quadriceps in March and began this season playing 13 games with short-season Eugene, where he hit .184 (7-38) with no home runs and seven runs batted in.
After being transferred to Lake Elsinore, Guinn hit .227 (10-44) with no home runs and two runs batted in, appearing in 14 games. The 23-year-old was selected in the 11th round of the 2010 draft by San Diego and hit .245 with one home run and 34 runs batted in last season in 123 games with the TinCaps.