SOUTH BEND – The fans at Four Winds Field Thursday were entertained to a good old fashion pitching duel as the South Bend Cubs defeated the Lake County Captains 1-0.
South Bend starter Preston Morrison (8-3) threw the longest outing by a Cubs starter this year at seven and a third innings allowing five hits and no runs. Morrison has allowed three or fewer runs in nine consecutive starts.
Cubs starters over the first eight games of the second half have a record of 7-1 with a 0.89 earned run average. Craig Brooks recorded the final five outs for his fourth save of the season.
Lake County’s Matt Esparza blinked first as the right-hander gave up only a sixth inning run during six innings of three hit baseball.
Carlos Sepulveda started the sixth with a bunt single. The 19-year old stole second base and went to third base on a wild pitch. Sepulveda scored when Dewees hit a line drive in and out of second baseman Miguel Angel’s glove for his 44th RBI of the season.
South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League at 48-29 and are 7-1 in the second half.
The Cubs open a three-game home series against the Lansing Lugnuts Friday at 7:35 p.m.