SOUTH BEND – The second largest crowd in Four Winds Field history watched the South Bend Cubs rally late to beat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-3 Sunday.
Trailing 3-1 going to the bottom of the eighth, South Bend picked up hits by Sutton Whiting and Donnie Dewees to set the table for Tyler Alamo. After a sacrifice bunt by P.J. Higgins, the Cubs first baseman hit a two-RBI double to right field to tie the game at three.
Alamo scored when Eddy Martinez delivered an RBI single to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead.
Adonis Paula capped off the four-run eighth inning with a sacrifice fly scoring Eloy Jimenez.
South Bend was 4-27 when trailing after seven innings before Sunday night’s comeback win.
Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay gave up a first inning home run to Lugunts designate hitter Max Pentecost allowing the Lugnuts to take a 1-0 lead. The home run was the first home run allowed by the Cubs pitching staff since June 17 (12 games).
Alzolay after the home run would sit down the next 14 Lugnuts in order.
South Bend tied the game in the bottom of the second as they picked up three singles. Eddy Martinez starting the inning with a single and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Silver. Martinez scored on an RBI single by Sutton Whiting to tie the game at 1.
Lansing starter Ryan Borucki after giving up the hit to Whiting set down 13 in a row.
The Cubs starter Alzolay ran into trouble in the seventh inning when Pentecost hit his second home run of the night as part of a two-run inning to put Lansing in front 3-1.
Dillon Maples pitched a perfect eighth inning to pick up the win out of the Cubs bullpen. Craig Brooks struck out the side in the ninth to collect his fifth save of the season.
Sunday’s night crowd of 8.016 was the second largest crowd in Coveleski Stadium/Four Winds Field history. The series against Lansing drew 23,442 fans, the largest three-game series attendance in the ball park’s history.
South Bend opens a four-game series at Parkview Field against the Fort Wayne TinCaps Monday at 6:35 p.m.