For nine innings tonight the South Bend Silverhawks played chicken with the Lansing Lugnuts. Neither team wanted to win the game. I decided to go to the game to see the Famous (San Diego) Chicken in action. It was also a chance to see two Toronto farm teams (Lansing and Las Vegas) in the same week. I need to get my priorities in line. The beginning of the game was all Lansing. When Tyler Pastonicky hit his first home run of the season in the fourth they had a 4-1 lead. Tyler is shown to the left with an onlooker on top of the dugout. They jumped up 2-0 in the first inning off of Silverhawk starter Randy Rodriguez. He only lasted four innings allowing all four of Lansings runs. He was really getting hit hard. It is amazing he only gave up the four runs. In the fourth the Silverhawks had Jordan Meaker warming up. He was also up earlier in the game. He came out to pitch the fifth, but left the mound after warming up. There was a small delay while the team was given time to warm up Yonata Ortega. The closest that they came to scoring another run was in the 7th when A.J. Pollock made yet another great grab with two outs that saved a run. The chicken even showed him a sign that said ‘Employee of the Month’ as he came into the dugout.
The Silverhawks on the other hand wasted a lot of chances during the game. Clayton Conner who was only playing his second game for the Hawks stranded a few men on the basepaths. It was only fitting then that he would win the game in the 10th on a single to left field. Maybe it was the break he was given during the game that made all the difference. The Chicken gave him a magazine, a bottle of water, and a chair before the top of the seventh. He then took a rest instead of warming up the infield. Maybe that extra energy was the difference. The game would not have gotten to that point though if Alfredo Marte had not hit a three run home run in the sixth. He seems to be a hit or miss player, and he got all of this pitch. He sent the ball out of the park in left field. I have not seen too many balls leave the stadium at the Cove. Somehow this team is starting to win some games. It may be too little too late though as the season is winding down. They have been exciting to watch lately though.
I will have a little more on the Chicken’s visit to the Cove tomorrow.