SOUTH BEND – South Bend recorded their ninth walk-off win of the season as the Cubs defeated Burlington 4-3 Friday in ten innings.
Carlos Sepulveda’s RBI hit off second baseman Brendon Sanger’s glove scored pinch runner Andruw Monasterio from third base with the winning run.
Monasterio was on the bases after he took over for Tyler Alamo on the base paths after Alamo started the tenth by reaching on a fielding error by Sanger. Bryant Flete’s sacrifice bunt was thrown down the right field line setting up first and thirds with no one out. After Caro struck out, Sepulveda sent the Cubs to their 58th win in 97 games in 2016.
The Cubs had a chance to win thanks to right fielder Eddy Martinez ending the top of the tenth inning by throwing out Bees base runner Matt Thaiss at home plate. Martinez recorded three assists over the last two games.
South Bend picked up a run in the third inning on an RBI ground out by Donnie Dewees scoring Robert Caro to tie the game at 1.
After the Bees scored two in the top of the fourth, South Bend tallied a run on an RBI double by Caro plating Alberto Mineo who led off the frame with a single. The Cubs stranded two runners in the fourth and trailed 3-2.
The Cubs tied the game at three in the six thanks to a bases loaded walk to Eddy Martinez allowing Carlos Sepulveda to score the tying run. Matt Rose then lined out to third base to end the frame.
South Bend starting pitcher Kyle Miller picked up a no decision after allowing eight hits and three earned runs during a six inning outing.
Scott Effross (6-0) was the winning pitcher after recording two scoreless innings. John Williamson threw scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth.
The South Bend Cubs open a series against the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals) Saturday at 7:05pm(ET) on 96.1fm WSBT. Adbert Alzolay (6-4, 4.41) is South Bend’s scheduled starting pitcher.