Silver Hawks Finally Solve Loons

On manager Mark Haley's birthday, the South Bend Silver Hawks finally broke through and beat the Great Lakes Loons by a 7-6 final score on Saturday night. The win for South Bend ends a 17-game losing streak to Great Lakes dating back to last season and is the first victory in 14 tries against the Loons this season.

The contest featured a little bit of everything, including a decisive home run, more strikeouts than a team should ever have, and dramatic plays in virtually every inning. However, when the dust finally settled, the end result was what the Silver Hawks desperately needed – a victory over the Loons.

Matt Davidson provided the offense with the game winning home run, a solo blast against Steve Smith (LP, 1-2) with one out in the seventh inning. Davidson had earlier ripped a bases loaded double to the right-center gap in the fifth and finished the night with a four RBI night for the fourth time this season.

The win eases the sting of the Silver Hawks striking out 17 times – a new high for 2010. Keon Broxton had five Ks for the second time against the Loons this season, but he wasn't alone as all nine Silver Hawks struck out at least once on the night.

After three scoreless innings, Ramon Castillo gave the Silver Hawks a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the fourth inning. The Loons answered immediately with an unearned run against Brad Gemberling (WP, 2-4) in the bottom of the fourth.

South Bend scored three more in the fifth on Davidson's bases loaded double, but the Loons responded with four in the bottom of the inning including a three run home run by Angelo Songco to take a 5-4 lead.

South Bend came right back in the top of the sixth with a RBI double by Victor Estevez, who was recently activated off the disables list,  and a wild pitch that scored Matt Helm for the 6-5 lead. The Loons again had the answer with a run scoring on an Estevez error in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 6-6.

After three comebacks, the Silver Hawks had to wonder if it would happen again. However, the Loons wouldn't have an answer after Davidson's homer, although they certainly tried. In the bottom of the seventh, Great Lakes loaded the bases with one out, but reliever Adam Worthington (ND) got a pop up and a called strike three to end the threat.

Gemberling got the win, allowing four earned runs (six total) in 6.0 innings. Worthington pitched two scoreless innings in relief, and Yonata Ortega (SV, 14) left the tying run at second in the ninth for the save.

Hawk Droppings

  • Great Lakes starter Brett Wallach fanned an amazing 11 batters out of the 14 he retired
  • Ortega's 14 saves tie him for second in the Midwest League
  • Castillo's homer was his first with South Bend and he has now hit safely in all four of his games with the Hawks

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