SOUTH BEND, IN (MILB.com) - The South Bend Silver Hawks (3-4) offense woke up from its early season slumber in time to take home a dominating 8-1 victory over the Beloit Snappers (4-3) on Thursday night at Four Winds Field. Brad Allen (1-0) recovered from a rough start to the game to pitch a sterling 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball for the win. Right fielder Colin Bray led the offense with a single, a triple, and two RBIs while third baseman Joe Munoz added two hits and two runs scored.
South Bend, the Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, struck back with four runs in the bottom of the first. Shortstop Andrew Velazquez led off the inning with a triple to the left-center field wall. Westbrook followed with a grounder to third. Velazquez held but third baseman Michael Soto's throw was wide of first and Velazquez came home on the E-5 as Westbrook scampered over to second. Left fielder Stryker Trahan bounced back from his five-strikeout game the previous night with an RBI single to left that gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. After Trahan advanced to second on a groundout, Munoz singled to right to put runners at the corners with one out. Catcher Jose Queliz drove home the third run of the inning with a groundout to third base that scored Trahan and advanced Munoz to second. Bray followed with an RBI triple to the wall in left-center that gave the Hawks the 4-1 lead after one inning of play.