Two home runs from No. 9 hitter Kyle Gaedele led the TinCaps to a 5-1 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Wednesday before 4,413 fans at Parkview Field.
Gaedele, the great nephew of Eddie Gaedele, the 3-foot-7 dwarf who, in 1951, appeared in a game as a pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns, led off the fourth inning with a line drive home run down the left field line, then opened the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field.
They were the third and fourth home runs of the season for the left fielder, who played his college baseball at Valparaiso.
The TinCaps took the four-run lead into the top of the ninth inning, but South Bend loaded the bases. TinCaps reliever Matt Stites had three singles hit off him, but he then struck out the next two batters and coaxed a game-ending ground ball to second base.
The win for the TinCaps (19-12, 50-51) ended a three-game losing streak to the Silver Hawks (16-15, 51-50). The two teams return to Parkview Field on Thursday, and close out the three-game series Friday.
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