Silver Hawks Hit First Homers in 4-2 Win

It took nine games for the South Bend Silver Hawks to hit a ball over the fence, but managed to do so twice in a 4-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons Saturday night. Alberto Diaz and Jake Elmore did the honors in support of a terrific spot start by Taylor Sinclair and a strong effort from the South Bend bullpen.

Midland, MI – Brendan Duffy continued his hot hitting, the Silver Hawks blasted two home runs, and the defense turned three double plays to lead South Bend over the Great Lakes Loons 4-2 on Saturday night.

Duffy went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .407, but more importantly picked up an RBI single off of Justin Miller (LP, 1-1) in the seventh to score Isaias Asencio and break a 2-2 tie.  He committed a fielding error in the sixth that did not lead to a run.

The Silver Hawks got on the board in the first inning when Alberto Diaz blasted a solo home run to left for a 1-0 lead. The homer marked the first of the season for South Bend – the last Midwest League team to play long ball this season. Jake Elmore made it two home runs on the night with a solo shot to right in the fifth for a 2-1 lead at the time.

The Hawks added an insurance run in the top of the ninth against Luis Garcia (ND) when Asencio doubled to left, bringing home Victor Estevez for the 4-2 lead.

Due to the doubleheader earlier in the week, LHP Taylor Sinclair (ND) made a spot start for South Bend.  He only went three innings, but fanned six Loons and allowed just two hits.  He did not issue a walk, but did hit two batters.

The Loons twice rallied from one-run deficits in the game, scoring on a bases loaded hit batsman in the third by Sinclair and on an RBI single in the sixth against T.J. Hose (ND). The Loons would have no answer in the late innings, however, as Bayron Zepeda (WP, 1-0) and Justin Mace (SV, 1) combined to shut out Great Lakes over the final 3.2 innings.

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