First pitch: South Bend at TinCaps, 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 3:05 p.m. Sunday
Radio: ESPN, 1380-AM
TV: Xfinity Ch. 81
Things fell apart for the TinCaps after the first inning Friday at Parkview Field. Fort Wayne lost its 13th straight game, this time a 9-2 defeat at the hands of South Bend.
The TinCaps got off to a fast start in the opening inning. Norwell graduate Josh VanMeter led off with a walk and advanced to third when Dustin Peterson followed with a single to left field. Fernando Perez grounded into a double play but VanMeter raced across home plate with the games first run.
Franmil Reyes got the home team started again with a two-out single to center. Jake Bauers hit a double to left field which scored Reyes for a 2-0 lead. Bauers was thrown out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple to end the inning.
The SilverHawks responded quickly however in the top of the second off TinCaps starter Cody Hebner. Six South Bend batters reached base in the inning and five scored. Hebner allowed four hits and hit a batter in the inning. Two runs scored when Bauers committed the first of Fort Wayne's two errors. The first baseman failed to come up with a ground ball hit by the SilverHawks' Daniel Palka.
After the first inning, the TinCaps only got two hits off South Bend pitching. Peterson got his second single in the third and Edwin Moreno singled in the fifth. Those were the only baserunners Fort Wayne had as SilverHawks batters didn't walk any batters beyond the first and the team was errorless in the field.
South Bend's Breland Almadova hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the year, in the seventh.
The teams meet again at 7:05 tonight and 3:05 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Field. Kyle Lloyd is the scheduled starter tonight for the TinCaps while John Omahen will take the mound for the SilverHawks.
The games can be heard on ESPN Radio, 1380-AM and seen on Xfinity Channel 81.