The second game of the doubleheader was much more of a nail biter. Going into the bottom of the fifth it was only a 1-0 game. The Silverhawks got that run on a double by Rossmel Perez in the first. In the fifth they scored three runs off of reliever Colin Lynch. Lynch pitched 1 1/3 innings walking four. Two of those four walks came around to score. Reynaldo Navarro did not play in game one, but went 3-4 with two runs scored in game two. He was setting the table the way leadoff hitter A.J. Pollock should be doing. He is shown in the upper left picture warming up pre game. The sweep of the doubleheader was so crazy because the Hawks had only beaten the Tincaps once in the previous sixteen times that they had played this season. Today the Silverhawks looked like the team leading the division. Rossmel Perez looks like the real deal at catcher. From what I saw today he is a good hitter who can also field. He switch hits too! We might be seeing this guy up in the bigs soon. He is shown to the right hitting his double in the first. Not only is a great asset to the team, but he has a great walk up song. The real stars of the game though were the Silverhawk pitchers. Jordan Meaker and Brian Woodall combined to shut out Fort Wayne. They only gave up two hits and two walks in seven innings. They held the team that is currently 3rd in the league in batting to two hits. It was a great effort by these two hurlers. The closest the Tincaps came to scoring was in the fourth when a walk, a hit, and a fielder’s choice put runners at first and second with one out. A fly out to left followed by a great catch by Pollock in center ended the threat. Maybe the team is finally coming around. They are now one game under .500. Of course they will have to beat the Tincaps tomorrow to get there. The road does not get any easier.
A lot of fans in the stands are wearing Notre Dame apparel. That is no surprise considering that the campus is a stones throw away. That is what makes the fact that A.J. Pollock is playing for the Silverhawks so cool. He is the local boy that has hit the big time. He was the highest drafted player out of Notre Dame when he was picked #17 this summer. For some reason I thought that he had a bad day today, but looking at my scorebook I see that he went 3-8 with two singles, a double, and a run scored. I guess I just expected him to get a hit everytime. It did seem like he made an out in every big inning the Hawks had though. He made a few nice plays in the field though. He got some great jumps on balls that made the plays look easy. In the fourth inning of the second game he came from left center to make a running catch on a Allan Dykstra drive. When the ball was hit I thought that nobody could get it. Not only did he get it, but he had some room to spare. If he can cover that kind of ground, then the sky is the limit for him.
Tomorrow I will be at Wrigley Field to see two teams from the Pacific Coast League square off. The Iowa Cubs will be taking on the Las Vegas 51’s. I always knew that it was a minor league park.