Summer seemed to finally arrive in South Bend on Wednesday night as 80 degree temperatures and clear skies welcomed the Quad Cities River Bandits to town.
Kevin Medrano's two-run double in the fifth inning keyed a comeback victory for the Silver Hawks as South Bend (17-6) sent Quad Cities (15-9) down the river 4-3, extending their winning streak to six games.
Quad Cities jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the bats woke up for the Hawks in the fifth. The rally started when Breland Almadova singled to shallow right field. Medrano followed with a double to left center field that was just out of reach of center fielder Hernandez's outstretched glove to score two runs.
The decisive run crossed the plate for the Hawks in the 7th on a groundout.
After Daniel Watts (4-0) put in seven innings of work to start the game, the Hawks bullpen corralled the Bandits in the last two innings. Wierzbicki led off the top of the eighth inning against Hawks reliever Chris Capper with a worm burner up the middle which was saved by Ruiz's great diving stop and throw to first to get the out. Capper gave up a single but got out of the inning when Roberto Pena lined into a double play to the third baseman. RJ Hively picked up his seventh save of the season with a scoreless ninth. He was assisted by a Bandits' base running blunder by Brian Blasik as Blasik bewilderedly balked between first and second base on a bouncing ball to short, beginning a 6-4-3 double play.
The Hawks will look for their seventh victory in a row on a Thristy Thursday night. Beer and soda are $1. Mike Hauschild (1-0, 3.93 ERA) will take the hill for the River Bandits while Kyle Schepel (2-0, 2.55 ERA) gets the ball for the Silver Hawks. First pitch is at 7:05pm.