A day after their first win against South Bend this year, the TinCaps sunk to 1-8 against the Silver Hawks in a 9-1 loss Saturday at Parkview Field.
South Bend pitching again confounded Fort Wayne – the Silver Hawks boasted a 1.34 season ERA against the TinCaps entering Saturday's game, and Fort Wayne had batted .175 as a team against the Silver Hawks staff.
And with five one-run, low-scoring games between them, Fort Wayne has had to rely on stellar pitching against South Bend all season. It finally broke through in those close-fought game with a 3-2 win Friday in the 11th inning.
But the TinCaps didn't get the pitching or hitting they needed Saturday.
Instead, they suffered their worst loss to the Midwest League Eastern Division leader this season.
TinCaps starter Max Fried gave up seven hits and five earned runs in five innings. And he got no support -- his batting order gave him one hit in his five innings of work.
A home run by third baseman Chris Burke in the seventh inning highlighted the day for Fort Wayne, which batted .151 against South Bend in front of a crowd of 7,705. Meanwhile, the Silver Hawks got seven extra-base hits and got runners on base in all but one inning.
Fort Wayne has lost three consecutive series against the Silver Hawks, and the two teams will face off 10 more times before the end of the season.