South Bend (43-53) took command of the series opener last night in the sixth inning and then kept their foot on the gas in the resumption of that same game tonight, beating Peoria (37-60) by a final of 14-2 at Dozer Park.
The most notable moment of this game came on a swing and a miss for strike one of the at-bat. In the third inning Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner, who had just begun his rehab today, exited the game with an apparent injury after a swing and in the middle of an at-bat.
Fresh off an award-winning performance, Joe Nahas came out and pitched another six-inning gem for South Bend. The reigning High-A Central Pitcher of the Week threw six innings and didn’t allow a run after the second inning. It was, however a very loud run for the River Bandits, coming on a solo home run from John Rave.
Ryan Jensen (4 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 5 K) made his return to the starting rotation after spending 10 days on the Development List but his strong outing wasn’t enough as the Fort Wayne TinCaps (42-47) topped the South Bend Cubs (40-48) 6-3 on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 7,333 at Parkview Field.
After dropping two of the first three games of the series, Sunday’s win clinched a series victory for South Bend as they won the final three games of the series over the weekend and took the series four games to two.
The South Bend Cubs (32-36) beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (32-36) 6-4 Thursday night, in a game in which both teams went 2-for14 with runners in scoring position and combined to strand a staggering 30 baserunners.
The rain held out for two and a half innings before a tornado warning and heavy rain suspended play. Tarp was pulled off the field with enough time to allow game five of the Cubs and the TinCaps to begin on schedule, and the offenses of both squad’s started off hot.