SOUTH BEND – The South Bend Cubs lowered the broom on the Bowling Green Hot Rods Wednesday, April 13 in Midwest League baseball before 2,236 at Four Winds Field.
South Bend rallied from behind then held on to win 6-5, sweeping a three-game series from Eastern Division foe Bowling Green.
Left fielder Donnie Dewees drove in three runs with three hits and scored two runs for South Bend (4-2).
Shortstop Bryant Flete scored twice while first baseman Tyler Alamo and second baseman Sutton Whiting collected two each hits and drove in one run apiece for the Cubs.
Alamo, an Orange, Calif., native and right-handed batter who will likely split his time between first base and catcher, said he was trying to hit the ball back up the middle.
Whiting was making his South Bend debut while Alamo was in the lineup for the second time (the first was Saturday, April 9 at West Michigan).
Right-hander Preston Morrison (1-1), using his three-quarter overhand delivery was Wednesday’s winning pitcher.
Morrison (two runs, four hits, six strikeouts, four walks in six innings) bounced back after a rough outing (eight runs, seven hits, two strikeouts, two walks in four innings) on Opening Night, Thursday, April 7, against West Michigan in South Bend.
Right-hander Greyber Eregua retired all four hitters he faced and picked up his first save.
Hot Rods right-hander Jose Mujica (1-1) absorbed the loss.
The Cubs fell into a 2-0 hole in the second inning and broke out for five runs in their half of the fourth and surrendered three in the eighth before closing out the victory.
Bowling Green (3-4) scored two runs after two outs in the second inning.
No. 9 hitter Zacrey Law slashed an 0-2 pitch from Morrison to left for a two-run single, plating David Rodriguez (on base with an infield single) and Angel Perez (on with a single to right).
Bowling Green loaded the bases with no outs in the third with a single by Jake Cronenworth and two straight walks then saw Morrison coax a pop-up to second baseman Whiting and an inning-ending double play – third baseman Andrew Ely to first baseman Alamo.
South Bend scored one run in the bottom of the third. With one out, Dewees smacked a 3-1 pitch from Mujica into center for an RBI single, scoring Bryant Flete (on base with a single to left).
In the Hot Rods fourth, Cubs shortstop Flete backed Morrison with strong defense. Flete made leading catch of a line drive to take a hit away from Michael Russell and also caught a line drive off the bat of Law for the final out of the frame.
South Bend took a 6-2 lead with the five-run fourth. The Cubs sent 11 batters to the plate, chasing Mujica from the mound in favor of Henry Centeno.
With one out, Whiting drilled a full-count delivery from Mujica to center to drive in designated hitter Eloy Jimenez (on base by walk and at end by wild pitch) for the tying run.
Alamo sent his one-out RBI single to center, scoring Whiting (on base by single to center).
A first-pitch two-run double to right by Dewees knocked in Flete and Alamo.
Dewees scored Soutn Bend’s sixth run of the night and fifth of the inning on a throwing error by Bowling Green catcher Rodriguez.
A diving stop and throw by second baseman Whiting to first baseman Alamo kept xx Lowe off the bases in the Bowling Green fifth.
With the Cubs batting in the fifth, Hot Rods second baseman Maris had two assists on the second and third outs, the second coming on a spinning stop and throw to first baseman Russell to retire Ian Rice.
Bowling Green scored three times with two outs in the eighth.
With right-hander James Norwood pitching, Kevin Padlo led off with a double to left and scored on a two-out single to right by Manny Sanchez. Sanchez scored on a double to left by Russell.
Russell was plated by a single to right by Law, cutting South Bend’s advantage to 6-5. Russell was the last batter to face Norwood.
Eregua came on in relief and got Brandon Lowe to roll out to second baseman Whiting.
South Bend opens at four-game series at Fort Wayne at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Parkview Field. Probable starting pitchers are left-hander Ryan Kellogg (1-0) for the Cubs and right-hander Jacob Nix (0-0) for the TinCaps.