Trahan’s Home Run in the 10th Lifts South Bend to Series Split

By: Andrew Kappes
By: Andrew Kappes

Trahan would bring the Silver Hawks one run closer with a sacrifice-fly in the fifth, and South Bend tied the game in the seventh.

Bowling Green, Ky. – A two-run home run by Stryker Trahan in the 10th inning lifted the South Bend Silver Hawks (Class-A/Arizona Diamondbacks) over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) on Sunday afternoon, 7-5. The Hot Rods rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a two-run lead, but the Silver Hawks forced extras. Trahan finished the afternoon with four runs driven in.

South Bend started the scoring in the first. With two outs, back-to-back walks were issued to Trahan and Daniel Palka. After Zach Esquerra was hit by a pitch, Michael Perez hit a double to left field to plate all three, and give South Bend the 3-0 advantage.

The Hot Rods would slowly chip away at that lead. With one out in the second, Pat Blair drew a walk, and later came around to score on a fielder’s choice by Juniel Querecuto. In the third, Granden Goetzman doubled to lead-off the inning. He then stole second base, and scored on a throwing error by the catcher Perez.

Bowling Green would take the lead in the fourth. Blair hit a one-out double, and after Kean Wong reached, Querecuto singled home Blair. Johnny Field would knock a base hit that plated Wong, and the inning’s scoring was completed when Armando Araiza singled to left field to drive home Field. The Hot Rods led 5-3 after four innings of play.

Trahan would bring the Silver Hawks one run closer with a sacrifice-fly in the fifth, and South Bend tied the game in the seventh. Andrew Velazquez drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a base hit by Jamie Westbrook, then scored when Trahan singled to right field.

The go-ahead home run game in the 10th after Westbrook led off with a walk. Trahan then deposited his first home run of the season to the right field bullpen.

The loss spoiled the four-hit day by Goetzman, as he finished the first series of the season with a total of four extra-base hits. Aaron Griffin (1-1) picked up the win on Opening Night, but was handed the loss after working the final inning.

J.R. Bradley (1-0) threw the wild pitch that saw Bowling Green walk-off with the win on Friday night, but he worked a scoreless ninth to earn the win on Sunday. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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