Harden Earns League-Leading Fifth Win

South Bend, IN – Behind the pitching of Trevor Harden, the South Bend Silver Hawks picked up their fourth straight victory Friday night, a 6-1 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Coveleski Stadium. With the win, Harden now stands alone atop the Midwest League leader board with five wins on the season.

Trevor Harden (WP, 5-1) tied his season-high with a 7-inning performance Friday, allowing just one run. The right hander scattered four hits while walking two and striking out seven.

Trailing 1-0, the Silver Hawks took advantage of some errors on their way to a five-run second inning. With runners at first and third and nobody out, a throwing error by Wisconsin starter Evan Frederickson (LP, 1-2) allowed Victor Estevez to reach base safely, and tied the game at one. A walk loaded the bases, then a wild pitch gave the Silver Hawks a lead they would never relinquish.

Still batting in the second with runners at second and third, Alfredo Marte drove in two with a single to right for the 4-1 lead. Justin Parker capped the scoring in the second with an RBI double, putting the Hawks in front 5-1.

South Bend added a run off of reliever Daniel Meadows (ND) in the fifth. Parker, who now has an 11-game hitting streak, singled to start the inning, and scored two outs later on a single from Jake Elmore for the 6-1 lead.

That would be all the runs Harden would need, as he cruised to his fifth victory of the season. Daniel Vasquez (ND) held the Timber Rattlers scoreless over the final two innings to complete the fourth straight win for South Bend.

Hawk Droppings

* Vasquez struck out exactly one batter in each of his first six appearances before fanning three Friday

* Parker collected exactly two hits for the fourth straight game, which coincides with South Bend's winning streak

* Brendan Duffy went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts, snapping his hitting streak at eight games

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