Nick Allen delivered a single to center field to score Mickey McDonald in extras and the Beloit Snappers (50-45) took a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (65-32) Friday night at Pohlman Field in front of 965 fans.
McDonald started the 10th at second and advanced to third on his second stolen base of the season. Jack Meggs struck out swinging and Ryan Gridley struck out to send Allen to the plate with two outs.
On a 3-1 pitch, Allen fought off a pitch and sent it to center field. Hot Rods center fielder Carl Chester dove and just missed a sliding catch, allowing McDonald to score the winning run.
Nick Highberger earned the win in his two scoreless innings of relief, his fifth win of the season. Mitchell Jordan got the start for Beloit, going five innings and giving up all three Hot Rods runs with five strikeouts.
The Snappers trailed this game 2-0 quickly after the top of the first, when a ground ball rolled under Allen's glove and allowed two runs to score. It was just the 19th win for the Snappers this season when the opponent scores first.
Meggs tied the game up in the seventh with a two-out double to right field that scored Jordan Devencenzi to tie it at 3-3. It was Meggs' 23rd RBI of the season.
Beck grounded out to score Allen in the first inning and McDonald grounded out in the second to tie the game at 2-2. The Hot Rods took the lead back in the fourth on a Chester RBI single to score Zach Rutherford and take a 3-2 lead.
Snappers reliever Jesus Zambrano pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Jordan, registering five strikeouts. He has now pitched 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
McDonald played a critical part tonight as well. He went 1-for-4 with the game winning run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. He is now 19/19 on the season in stolen bases.
The Snappers have now won their last five series and 13 of the last 15 games overall and their last five series overall.
The Snappers will begin their second three-game series of this homestand Saturday night against the Dayton Dragons at 7:00 p.m. Starting on the mound for Beloit will be left-hander Jared Poché (6-6, 4.43). Dayton will send out left-hander Packy Naughton (5-8, 4.04).
They also moved to 8-5 on the season in extra inning games and 6-0 at home.
The fireworks for Friday's game were postponed to August 10th against the Quad Cities River bandits.
Saturday night's game is another fireworks night, brought to you by State Collection Service and Christofferson Moving & Storage. It's Star Wars night at the ballpark, presented by 5-1 First Wisconsin Garrison. Multiple Star Wars characters will be making an appearance during the game and fans are invited to wear their Star Wars gear to the game.
The Beloit Snappers are a member of the Midwest League and have been the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics since 2013. For more ticket information, contact the Snappers office at (608) 362-2272 or on our website, www.snappersbaseball.com.
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