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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
TinCaps starter Bryan Verbitsky had a rough outing Sunday giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in two innings.

Silver Hawks double-trouble for TinCaps

Two errors, 12 batters, four doubles, a wild pitch, three walks, a pitching change and eight runs.

That was just a half inning of an embarrassing loss for the TinCaps.

Joe Munoz, Daniel Palka and South Bend (17-13) broke the game wide open in the fourth inning Sunday afternoon, matching Midwest League records en route to a 16-2 rout that gave the Silver Hawks the series victory.

“I can’t say that many things went wrong,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. “They swung the bats. We made errors. We never got going from that point forward.”

Munoz went 4 for 6 with four doubles, matching a league record, and South Bend had nine doubles, tying the league’s single-game team record. Palka had three RBI, giving him 19, good for seventh place on the league’s leader board.

South Bend opened a 15-2 lead after four innings, making it a rough outing for Bryan Verbitsky (0-1) in his second start as a TinCap.

Fort Wayne (12-17) helped the Silver Hawks with three errors overall, including a costly one by first baseman Jake Bauers. Five of the 16 runs were unearned.

To complete the blowout, Collins had outfielder Ronnie Richardson pitch for the third time.

His smiles after working around a pair of walks in the ninth were about the only grins at Parkview Field by that point.

On a chilly, windy day, some fans among the 4,758 on hand left early.

Seven players drove in at least one run for the Silver Hawks. The final seven hitters in the lineup combined to go 15 for 33 with 13 RBI and 14 runs scored.

“They have a lot of hitters that hit fastballs early in the count,” TinCaps reliever Erik Cabrera said through a translator.

South Bend was 14-5 in the season series last year, and the TinCaps were outscored 30-13 this weekend, despite a well-played, 8-4 win on Saturday.

The TinCaps were outhit 16-3 in the finale

Mallex Smith, whose RBI single had erased the shutout in the fourth, came around later in the inning on Dustin Peterson’s groundout to make it 7-2.

Munoz had all four of his doubles in the first four innings.

South Bend sent 10 batters to the plate in the first, getting a fifth run when Bauers failed to cleanly field an easy two-out roller.

Verbitsky allowed six earned runs and eight hits in two innings.

“It’s a learning experience,” Collins said. “He’ll move past it.”

The TinCaps alternated losses and wins on the 3-4 homestand and begin a six-game road trip today at Lansing.

“A new day,” Collins said. “We’ll move on. I’m not so much worried about the mistakes we make as I am what we do next.

“If we can come back and make an adjustment, then I’m OK with that.”