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TinCaps fall to South Bend

The largest crowd in Parkview Field history didn't see much offense Thursday.

South Bend beat the TinCaps 2-1 in front of 8,643 fans, the biggest crowd at the 5-year-old downtown ballpark.

Three South Bend pitchers held Fort Wayne to only two hits. South Bend came up with five.

Fort Wayne struck out eight times, including Mallex Smith's at-bat to end the game with a runner on base.

The TinCaps had chances with five walks and two hit batsmen.

Fort Wayne fell to 0-1 in the second half and 43-27 overall. South Bend is 1-0 and 45-25.

TinCaps reliever Walker Weikel kept them in it with a solid appearance. The right-hander threw 4 1/3 innings and struck out nine of the 17 batters he faced. He retired the last 16 batters he faced.

After getting no-hit through 4 2/3 innings by Blake Perry of the Silver Hawks, Alberth Martinez broke through with an RBI double in the fifth to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The SilverHawks went up 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI single by Ronnie Freeman that scored Fidel Pena, who walked and stole second.

South Bend took a 1-0 lead in the first when Freeman doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored after Alex Glenn reached on an infield single. An error trying to get Glenn at first allowed Freeman to score.