Road Trip Comes to Disappointing End

Hawks go 3-5 on lengthy trip

May 15, 2011 2:04 PM

Bowling Green, KY - With a 10-3 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Sunday afternoon, the South Bend Silver Hawks complete their eight-game, six-day road trip with a 3-5 record. The trip started promising, but ended with three straight defeats as the Hawks drop to seventh place again in the Midwest League Eastern Division standings.

The Silver Hawks were not without opportunities on Sunday afternoon, stranding 12 runners in the game. The team drew a season high 10 walks, yet managed to score just one of the walks in going down in defeat.

The game was tied 3-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning when the Hot Rods turned it into a rout with seven runs in their next three at-bats. Bowling Green was led by Phil Wunderlich with a home run and four RBIs, while Kevin Kiermaier had three hits and three RBIs and Cody Rogers had four hits and scored four runs.

Yazy Arbelo had a solo home run for the Silver Hawks, giving him a league-best 10 on the season. The solo blast also upped his RBI total to 30, once again, the best mark in the Midwest League.

Matt Helm also wrapped up the series on a positive note, adding two more hits to finish the series 8-for-15 with five doubles. Mike Freeman and Raul Navarro each drew bases loaded walks on Sunday to pick up RBIs.

The loss was pinned on J.R. Bradley (LP, 1-6), who allowed six runs over 5.2 innings. Bradley becomes the third straight starter to allow six runs in a game, and not surprisingly, the Silver Hawks have lost all three games.

Reliever Jimmy Patterson (WP, 3-0) earned the win for Bowling Green, pitching 3.0 scoreless innings.

A scary moment occurred in the eighth inning when Blake Cooper took a line drive off of his forehead. Cooper hopped right back up, but was removed from the game for precautionary reasons. He appeared to be okay as he was later seen walking around in the dugout after being examined by trainer Brian Czachowski.

After an off day on Monday, the Silver Hawks return to Coveleski Stadium for a brief three game home stand against the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) beginning on Tuesday evening. Game time is set for 6:30 PM Eastern Time with LHP David Holmberg (2-3, 4.50 ERA) starting against Lansing's LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.08 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:10 PM Eastern Time on www.sportsjuice.com and www.silverhawks.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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