Silver Hawks first baseman Daniel Palka put the visitors back up by four runs with a towering two-run homer to right-center field in the top of the fifth to make it 6-2. South Bend (16-12) plated three more in the sixth to increase its lead to 9-3, and added another in the eighth for good measure.
On a night when the Silver Hawks tallied 17 hits, Palka shined brightest with four, including his homer and a triple, as he drove in three runs. Eight South Bend batters had at least one hit.
The TinCaps had plenty of hits as well. Ten to be exact. But the home team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. First baseman Jake Bauers, 18, had a team-high three hits, while Perez, whose eighth-inning homer was his third of the season, contributed a pair.
Jose Martinez (1-0) received credit for the win. The 19-year-old starter made his Midwest League debut, which lasted five innings. He yielded two runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Walker Weickel (1-4) took the loss for Fort Wayne. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out five in his 5 2/3 innings, but also was charged with nine runs.
Up nextFirst pitch: South Bend at Fort Wayne, 5:05 today
Probable starters: FW/Adriana De Horta (0-1, 4.74 ERA) vs. SB/Aaron Blair (1-1, 2.56)
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