Today I was in South Bend to see the Lansing Lugnuts and the South Bend Silverhawks play a Midwest League game. Except for A.J. Jiminez hitting a solo home run in the 4th inning it was a quiet game. A.J. is shown above fouling off the pitch before the home run. The score was 2-0 Lansing, and it looked like both pitchers were in control. That is until the bottom of the eighth. The Silverhawks scored once to cut the score to 2-1. Randy Rodriguez came in the game to pitch the top of the ninth for the Silverhawks, and started getting hit hard right away. Jimenez smoked the first ball to centerfield, and would have had extra bases if not for Keon Broxton. That kid can cover some ground out in center. The next batter Brad Glenn took a ball out of the stadium in left for a home run. Another long out was recorded before the ninth hitter in the lineup, Oliver Dominguez, hit another shot. Rodriguez finally got out of the inning, but the Hawks were down 4-1 by the time he was done. David Nick closed out the scoring by hitting a two run shot for the Hawks in the bottom of the ninth. His two out home run that hit the church in left brought the Hawks to within one, but they could not pull the game out. They fall to 23-27 on the season.
The real story of the game was the starting pitching. Both sides had quality starts. Brad Gemberling who pitched great the last time I was in Coveleski gave up two runs in six innings. He only gave up three hits, but he walked four and hit two batters. Brian Budrow pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Hawks as well. Chad Jenkins struck out five in six innings to get the win. He gave up seven hits, but kept pitching his way out of trouble. Sometimes you wonder if the pitching is good or the hitting is that bad at this level.
The Silverhawks will face Lansing again tomorrow before the Peoria Chiefs come to town. I plan on going to at least one of the Chiefs games. I have so many friends that are Cub fans that we will catch at least a couple of these games. It is too bad that the Sox don’t have a team in the Midwest League. It is really too bad that they decided that South Bend wasn’t for them. It would be great to see the future of my favorite team right in my backyard.