An all around solid performance hitting and pitching by the Beloit Snappers (29-32) led to a compelling and solid 6-2 victory over the Burlington Bees (26-36) in game two of a four-game series in front of 1,711 fans at Pohlman Field.
The Snappers bats came alive in the third inning as they trailed 1-0, as Jesus Lopez hit a solo home run to lead off the inning to tie the game at 1. For Lopez, it was his seventh homer of the season, tying him for the team lead with Logan Farrar, his third homer in the last 10 games.
It was the first hit of the night for the Snappers and it extended the Snappers extra base hitting numbers to 40 of the last 43 games.
Instrumental tonight were the combination of Skyler Weber and Nick Allen on the base paths. After the home run, a Skyler Weber walk and Nick Allen single put two runners on. Leadoff hitter Mickey McDonald singled home Weber and an error from outfielder Gleyvin Pineda allowed Allen to advance to third and McDonald to get to second.
The next batter Jack Meggs brought Allen home on a sacrifice fly to give the Snappers a 3-1 advantage after 3. Coming in, Meggs was batting over .400 in his last 10 games..
The fourth inning got started with a Farrar single before Jordan Devencenzi doubled down the left field line to bring Farrar home. Two batters later, Weber hit a sac fly to left field to score Devencenzi with ease to up the Snappers lead to 5-2 after four.
In the seventh on a double steal with Weber going to third and Allen to second, Bees starting catcher Harrison Wenson threw down to third to try to get Weber. Bees third baseman Julio Garcia was charged a fielding error as the throw from Wenson dribbled into left field down the line, scoring Weber to give the Snappers a 6-2 lead.
In all, Weber and Allen combined for three runs and got on base a combined four times, an impressive feat for the bottom two hitters of the lineup. Weber notched his third steal of the season,
Starting for the Snappers was All-Star selection Xavier Altamirano, who went four innings of two-run ball and tied his season high of eight strikeouts.
The Bees struck first in the first inning with an RBI single from Kevin Williams that scored leadoff man Leonardo Rivas. After that, Altamirano settled in and minimized the damage to just one more run on a bases loaded walk in the fourth inning.
In relief came Jesus Zambrano for 2.1 scoreless innings, earning his team leading sixth win of the season. Seth Martinez locked in for a 2.2 inning save with two strikeouts and just one hit, striking out Pineda to end the ball game.
The win was the just the Snappers ninth win of the season when the opponent, a 9-24 record.
The Snappers will resume their four-game weekend series with the Bees on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon with left-hander Jared Poché (2-4, 3.81) on the bump for the Snappers. The Bees will send out right-hander Luis Madero (2-4, 3.05).
Sunday is a 2-for-1 BOGO & Mercy Health System's Day. Check the Wednesday Edition of the Stateline News, Janesville Messenger, & Walworth County Shopper for your BOGO Coupon for Reserved Seat tickets (up to two free tickets per coupon) to Sunday home games. Following the game, kids 12 & under get to run the bases & fans of all ages can play catch in right field, courtesy of Mercy Health. Leinie's 12-oz. cans and 16-oz PBR cans are just $2.
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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