Silver Hawks Sweep Lugnuts in Doubleheader

The South Bend Silver Hawks played their second doubleheader against the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. After splitting the games on April 15th, the Hawks swept Lansing on April 23rd thanks to Jake Elmore's Game One heroics and a Game Two implosion courtesy of the Lansing bullpen.

In Game One, Jacob Elmore blasted a three run homer in the fifth inning to put the Silver Hawks in front 5-3. After Lansing tied it up in the bottom of the fifth, Elmore came through again in the sixth with a two-run double for the 7-5 lead.

Alberto Diaz also homered in Game One, his second of the year. Game One marked the second time this season that Diaz and Elmore each homered in the same game. Gomez added a homer in Game Two to join Diaz and Elmore as the only Hawks hitters with homers on the season.

Game One starter Wade Miley (ND) remains without a decision on the year. In 4.2 innings, Miley allowed four runs on seven hits, marking his worst outing in three trips to the mound. Justin Mace (ND) pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to close out game one with 1 9-5 Hawks victory.

In Game Two, the Silver Hawks were trailing 4-1 entering the final inning, when the bats woke up and pounded out four runs on five hits. After a walk and a single, Nelson Gomez provided an RBI single off of Hunter Moody (ND) to make it 4-2. Chris Davis provided a third consecutive single to load the bases, so Mike Barbara (LP, 0-2) was brought in from the bullpen.

After a strikeout for the first out, Barbara allowed a single to Victor Estevez. One run scored, but Gomez was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Yohermyn Chavez to preserve the one run lead for Lansing. With two outs and runners at first and second, Reynaldo Navarro lined a 2-2 pitch off the wall in right, bringing in both runners for the 5-4 lead and eventual victory.

Hawk Droppings

* Justin Parker went 3-for-3 and fell a home run shy of the cycle in Game One after beginning the year just 5-for-38

* Bayron Zepeda has not allowed an earned run in any of his five appearances

* Taylor Sinclair now has 10 strikeouts to just one walk this year

* Victor Estevez had four hits in the twin  billing, raising his average to .357.  He leads the club with a .929 OPS

* Brendan duffy went 0-for-4 in Game Two to snap his seven-game hit streak

The four game series concludes Friday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing, Michigan. Scheduled starters for the series finale are RHP Brett Moorhouse (0-1, 5.9 ERA) for South Bend and RHP Ryan Koch (0-0, 16.20 ERA) for Lansing. Important Note: Silver Hawks games have moved to 1620 AM WPNT The Point starting with tomorrow's broadcast.

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