Ramon Ramirez Wins It in the 15th

The South Bend Silver Hawks had only one player return this year from their 2008 division-winning club: infielder Ramon Ramirez. While Ramirez hasn't posted gaudy numbers this year, his veteran savvy has allowed him to come up with some big hits. None have been bigger than his game-winning single in the 15th inning of South Bend's 3-2 win over Beloit Wednesday night.

South Bend, IN – For the second time this week, Ramon Ramirez came through with a clutch base hit in the late innings for the Silver Hawks. As opposed to Sunday's big hit that tied the game, the single by Ramirez in the bottom of the 15th inning on Wednesday scored the game winning run as the Silver Hawks picked up their first walkoff victory of the season, a 3-2 win over the Beloit Snappers.

Ramirez wasn't even in the game until the top of the 15th inning, inserted late as a defensive replacement at first base after Nelson Gomez was taken down for a pinch runner in the bottom of the 14th. Ramirez was due up fifth in the 15th, and when his turn came, he took a 1-1 pitch from Michael Tarsi (LP, 0-1) down the right field line, scoring Justin Parker as the winning run.

The Silver Hawks thought they had wrapped up the game much earlier in the night, when Chris Davis broke a 1-1 tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, his first round-tripper of the season. Beloit came back with three hits in the top of the ninth, however, scoring a run on an RBI single by Juan Richardson to set the stage for extra innings.

Neither team was able to do much in the extras until Ramirez's dramatic hit in the fifteenth. Both pitching staffs were up to the task, as South Bend relievers scattered three hits in the extra six innings, while Beloit scattered five hits in extras. South Bend finally broke through in the 15th after a walk to Parker and a hit batter put the lead runner in scoring position for Ramirez.

Daniel Vasquez (WP, 2-0) earned the win, tossing the final three innings in scoreless fashion, allowing only one hit while striking out four. Justin Mace (ND) also had three scoreless innings of relief, while Jordan Meaker (ND) tossed one shutout inning. Yonata Ortega (BS, 1) gave up the run in the top of the ninth that knotted the game at two.

The long game wiped away what was great starting pitching from both teams. Randy Rodriguez (ND) went 7.0 innings for South Bend, allowing just one unearned run in the top of the second. Daniel Osterbrock (ND) went 8.0 innings for Beloit, allowing two runs.

Gomez had the other RBI in the game for South Bend, a fielder's choice in the bottom of the second to score Alberto Diaz, who had three hits in the contest.

Hawk Droppings

* Isaias Asencio gunned down pinch Drew Thompson at the plate in the top of the ninth, helping to limit the damage in that inning and keep the game alive.

* Parker's fielding error (12) in the second allowed Ozzie Lewis to reach base and eventually score the Snapper's first run.

* All five of South Bend's starters tossed at least six innings in their latest turn in the rotation


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