Prospect Watch: The Hooks beat the Missions in the ninth inning on Saturday night to force a deciding game on Sunday night at 6:05 PM. Jeremy McBryde, who has been struggling as of late in his role as San Antonio's closer, came in at the top of the ninth in a scoreless game. McBryde walked the first batter and then made a crucial throwing error when Corpus Christi's next batter sacrificed putting runners on first and third with no outs. Pinch-hitter Michael Burgess then singled to drive in the game's only and deciding run. In the bottom of the ninth Adam Buschini opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on Tommy Medica's ground out to the pitcher but neither 3B Jake Blackwood or RF Yeison Ascencio, both who have hit well in the playoffs, could not get the tying run in...The loss spoiled a great performance by Juan Oramas. In four of his last five starts he has not allowed an earned run.
South Bend Silver Hawks 7 TinCaps 5
Key Statistics: CF Alberth Martinez 2-4, 2 RBIs; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB; SS Tyler Stubblefield 2-4, RBI, HR(1); LHP Max Fried 4.0 IP 5 H 5 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 Ks 2 HRs; Reuben Mejia (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP H 2 R ER BB 2 Ks.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost the opening game of the best-of-three Eastern Division Championship when South Bend scored a pair of two-out runs in the top of the ninth inning....South Bend must have Max Fried's number this year. Max was 0-3 against the Silver Hawks and four of the seven regular season home runs he gave up this year were against South Bend...CF Alberth Martiniez has quietly put together a very nice year in the Midwest League with a .277/.360/.478 line. The big gains for him is not only in his on-base percentage but the Venezuelan's slugging percentage have increased by over a hundred and fifty points from last season...C Rodney Daal has also performed better since getting regular playing time with Dane Phillips promoted to Lake Elsinore. Daal hit .295/.357/.439 in the second half.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
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