The Bees got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Michael Thompson led off with a solo home run off of South Bend starter Cesar Valdez. It was Thompson's eighth home run of the season tying him for second in the Midwest League. Joe Dickerson followed with a base hit to extend his home hitting streak to 13, but Valdez wouldn't allow another hit until the sixth inning and allowed just the one run over a season-high eight innings.
Bees' starter Everett Teaford worked through six innings and allowed just one run on seven hits while striking out three. The Silver Hawks tied the game in the top of the third. Richard Mercado and Yunesky Sanchez opened the inning with consecutive singles, but Mercado got doubled off second when Matt Oxendine lined out to shortstop. Daniel Perales came through with a two-out double to right-center that drove in Sanchez all the way from first to even the score.
Aaron Hartsock took over for Teaford in the seventh and pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed on hit and struck out one. Hartsock hasn't allowed a run in his last 13.1 innings over his last seven appearances. Tyler Chambliss (3-0) took over for Hartsock in the ninth and was perfect over his two innings in relief and struck out three. Chambliss has allowed just one run over 16.2 innings this season and is now tied for the team lead in victories.
Eric Butler followed Valdez to the mound for South Bend in the ninth. Derrick Robinson led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris McConnell to get the winning run into scoring position, but Butler worked out of the jam. Jorge Perez (1-1) took over for the tenth and got the loss, although the game-winning run was unearned. Mertins hit a bouncing ball to third that Steve Mena misplayed for his second error of the ballgame. Brady Everett moved Mertins into second with a sacrifice bunt. Tuner then laced a sharp single to right. Mertins was being held up at third as Parra fielded the ball and set up to throw, but when he sailed the throw over everyone and all the way to the backstop, Mertins was able to scurry home and win the game. The Silver Hawks finished with three errors tonight, all made in the final two innings.
The Bees and Silver Hawks continue this series tomorrow morning at 11:30 AM for Honor Roll Day at Community Field. Over 2,300 students from across the region that have qualified for the Honor Roll at their middle, junior high, or high school will be in attendance and get lunch sponsored by the Great River Medical Center, Hy-Vee, Sterzing's Potato Chips, Burlington Pepsi, and Vista Bakery. The general public is also welcome to attend. The gates will open at 10:30. There will be no radio broadcast for tomorrow's game.
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