Last night I was at the Silverhawks game against the Fort Wayne Tincaps. This was game one of the Midwest League Playoffs. As I was driving over to South Bend the rain really was coming down. I got soaked just going from my car to the will call window, and then into the stadium. I talked to the reporter from the local station who told me that the rain was only supposed to last for 10 minutes according to the local weather guy. Of course that was almost an hour before I talked to him. Sometimes weathermen have bad days. The weather did clear up, but not before a 44 minute rain delay. The weather might have had a negative impact on the fans, as only 586 showed up for the game.
When the game started I was excited to see Simon Castro pitch again. I saw him earlier in the season, but that was well before his no-hitter. As the innings piled on I kept looking at my scorecard wondering if he could do it again. He hit a batter in the fourth to lose the perfect game, and walked another batter in the fifth. He had an easy time with the sixth inning striking out two. I really thought that maybe this could happen now. In the seventh he got the first two batters out before walking two straight. That was the end of the day for Castro. Nick Schumacher came in and hit Rossmel Perez to load the bases. He got Clayton Conner to strikeout to end the inning, and bring the Tincaps to within six outs of another no-hitter. Zach Herr came in to pitch the eighth, and although he looked shaky he got the first two batters of the inning out. Four outs away. The Silverhawks Reynaldo Navarro was not going to be part of a no-hitter though, as he singled into centerfield. Alfredo Marte followed that up with a hit to give the Silverhawks a threat late. Ryan Wheeler struck out to end the inning. Brad Brach pitched a perfect ninth to seal the game for the Tincaps. Two lousy hits that amounted to nothing kept me from seeing a no-hitter. As long as it was going to be ruined why didn’t it happen in the seventh when it would have meant something to the Silverhawks? It was a good game, but the Silverhawks ended up losing 3-1. They now trail the best of three series 1-0, and they head to Fort Wayne for the next two games. They need some help if they want to advance. This may have been my last Silverhawk game of the season.