South Bend put three runs up on the board in the top of the second inning but let Lansing get back into the game in the bottom half of the third. Four total runs were scored in the fifth and sixth by the Silverhawks, but Lansing crawled back in the eighth, tallying five runs to put the game out of reach at 12-7.
Lansing reliever Seth Overbey continued his dominance in 2.1 innings pitched. Overbey, the side-armer out of Maryland, did not allow a run, while striking out two Lugnuts. Overbey has now pitched 21.2 innings over 14 games without allowing a single run.
Tuesday’s game saw Silverhawks lefty Brett Anderson pitch a gem, picking up his fifth win on the season. Anderson came into Tuesday with an impressive 1.74 ERA, and did nothing in his latest outing to hurt it. Anderson worked seven innings, striking out eight, while allowing only one earned run. Impressive as Anderson’s outing may have been, it was overshadowed by the performance of left-fielder Daniel Perales. Perales finished the day 3-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored. Perales led off the game with a double to the right-center gap, but appeared to have been able to stretch it into a triple.
“I think I tripped up a little bit. I extended for first a little too much and my footing wasn’t there—I didn’t want to lead the game off with an out at third,” explained Perales. In the top of the ninth inning, with South Bend up one, Perales tripled to the same spot in right-center.
A major key to South Bend’s victory was their ability to cash in on three Lansing errors. In the top of the ninth, with Perales on third, a costly wild pitch from Edward Rodriguez allowed the speedy left-fielder to cross the plate.
“Any time you don’t capitalize on another team’s errors, they’re going to come back to get you later in the game, and we were able to do that today,” Perales added.
South Bend was able to stop Lansing in the bottom of the ninth, securing a 5-3 victory, and taking three of four from Lansing. Next up for South Bend is a four-game series at Burlington.