I was debating what to do this morning. I wanted to go see the Charlotte Knights play in Indy, but at the same time the South Bend Silverhawks were playing a doubleheader against the Fort Wayne Tincaps. What made that game appealing besides the fact it was a doubleheader was that as my promotion post showed anyone wearing super hero apparel would get in for free. 14 guaranteed innings of baseball for free? My choice was made right away. It looks like I missed seeing former Sox farmhand Dexter Carter by one day. I am sure I will hear from him in the future though.
The game started out badly for the Hawks. The Tincaps turned an error and some timely hitting into three runs in the top of the first. Fort Wayne is the best team in the Midwest League right now, so things looked bleak. Something happened in the bottom of the inning though. The Silverhawks scored five runs to take the lead. Tincaps starting pitcher Simon Castro struck out the first two batters that he faced. He also struck out the last two that he faced. What he had trouble with were all of the batters in between. He gave up six runs in the three innings that he faced. All nine Silverhawk batters came up in the first innings. The scoring was highlighted by the three run home run by Alfredo Marte. The Silverhawks scored three more the rest of the game to win it 8-4 in seven innings. For a team with only 18 second half wins this was a big deal. The team was hot. If only they could play another game right away. Oh wait…in thirty minutes there would be a game two.