Beloit, WI- The Beloit Snappers took game two of the series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, beating them 6-5 with exceptional pitching from the Snappers.
The Snappers took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI double for Miguel Sano, scoring A.J. Pettersen who reached on a fielder's choice to the pitcher.
The Kernels scored their first run in the top of the fourth on a two base error by Miguel Sano, scoring Andy Workman who singled. Cedar Rapids upped their lead to 5-1 when Kevin Moesquit hit a three RBI double to clear the bases.
The Snappers responded in the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff triple from Jhon Goncavles. Goncalves went on to score on a fielders choice by Adam Bryant. Matt Koch followed with a base hit to left, then Tyler Grimes doubled advancing Koch to third. J.D. Williams hit a sac fly, scoring Koch and advancing Grimes to third. The hits kept on coming as A.J. Pettersen hit an RBI single to score Grimes, bringing the score to 5-4 Kernels.
Ryan O'Rourke came in to relieve Snappers' starter David Hurlbut in the top of the sixth. Hurlbut worked five innings, allowing six hits and five runs, while striking out five.
The Kernel's starter, Aaron Meade went four innings allowing only one hit and one run, while striking out one. Shane Riedie came into relieve Meade in the bottom of the sixth. Riedie was added to the Kernels roster today.
The Snappers tied it up in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch by Riedie, scoring Drew Leachman. Leachman walked, then advanced to second on a base hit by Steven Liddle, and went on to steal third.
The Kernels' Logan Odom entered the game in the bottom of the seventh, relieving Riedie.
In the bottom of the eighth, Liddle hit a double to deep left off the wall. He was followed by Goncalves with a line drive double off the wall in center, scoring Liddle for the go ahead run. That run proved to be the game winner. O'Rourke picked up his second win of the season, while Corey Williams picked up his twelfth save. Snappers' relievers threw four scoreless innings, giving up no earned runs and tallying ten strikeouts.
The Snappers look to sweep the Cedar Rapids Kernels tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. On the mound for the Snappers is Tim Shibuya, who is 3-5, with a 5.50 ERA in seventy two innings pitched. Kick off your fourth of July holiday at the ballpark with post game fireworks and a patriotic player hat auction.