Walker Weickel was hit hard as the TinCaps dropped their series opener 10-3 to South Bend on Friday night.
Weickel (1-4) gave up 12 hits, most by any TinCaps starter this season, and was charged with nine earned runs – also a season-high for TinCaps starters – in 5 2/3 innings.
The TinCaps (11-16) fell to 2-3 on their seven-game homestand.
South Bend (16-12) dominated the matchups last season and rampaged in the first meeting this year.
Jose Martinez (1-0) pitched five innings and gave up two runs on five hits.
Weickel retired the first four batters before encountering trouble. He gave up a pair of runs in the second inning on an RBI double by Michael Perez and RBI single by Zach Esquerra.
Silver Hawks leadoff man Andrew Velazquez launched Weickel’s first offering of the third around the right field foul pole. Joe Munoz added an RBI single to make it 4-0.
The TinCaps got a run-scoring grounder from Dustin Peterson in the third, a homer from Ryan Miller in the fourth and a solo shot from Fernando Perez in the eighth.
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