The bats were alive this time, at least. But so was the jinx or hoo-doo or whatever it is the South Bend Silver Hawks have on the TinCaps.
And so a night after scaring up just one hit, the TinCaps sprayed nine Wednesday around Coveleski Stadium, and all it added up to was another loss. This time the Silver Hawks (53-30) scored two in the sixth to take a 4-3 victory, their 10th in 11 games this season against Fort Wayne.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the TinCaps (46-36), and the 10th in 13 games in the second half.
Wednesday it was a come-from-ahead loss, as the TinCaps took a 3-2 lead into the sixth. A wild pitch and singles by Mallex Smith, Diego Goris, Luis Domoromo and Rodney Daal got them two runs in the fourth, both coming with two out.
In the fifth, Everth Cabrera, the Padres’ infielder playing his second rehab game, drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on Smith’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Goris’ sacrifice fly, and came home on Chris Burke’s two-out single.
That was the end of the fun times for the TinCaps, however.
In the bottom of the sixth, Roidany Aguila doubled with two out and two on, chasing home Rudy Flores and Alex Glenn with the go-ahead runs for the Silver Hawks. The TinCaps threatened once more in the eighth when Luis Tejada and Domoromo led off with a double and a single, respectively, but Tejada was thrown out at home trying to score on Domoromo’s single, and the TinCaps went quietly thereafter.
Zach Eflin took the loss for the TinCaps, giving up six hits and four runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings. Reliever Chris Capper got the win in relief for South Bend.