After two wild pitches from Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (17-22) starter Dylan File, Lazaro Armenteros roped a single to center field to put the Beloit Snappers (16-19) ahead for good in their 8-7 victory.
The T-Rats took a 3-1 lead after a two-run third off two hit-by-pitches with the bases loaded by Snappers starter Jean Ruiz in the third. Ruiz only went 3.1 innings surrendering three earned runs on 77 pitches.
The Snappers then returned the favor, plating five runs in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead into the eight inning, the T-Rats cut it close in the ninth with two runs. Seth Martinez shut the door eventually and got Joantgel Segovia to ground out to end the game.
Austin Beck was the Snappers hottest hitter on the evening, going 3-5 including a two-run single in the seventh to give the Snappers two insurance runs that would prove critical.
The Snappers won the five-game series 3-2 after winning the second game of the double-header and the last two games in as many days.
Snappers first baseman Hunter Hargrove drove in the first run of the game in the first inning. His RBI single scored Trace Loehr and extended Hargrove's team-high hitting streak to 12 games. In the span, the 23-year old's batting average has jumped to .323.The Snappers were able to continue their extra-base hit streak to 22 games thanks to Hargrove's double. The streak began April 23 against the Peoria Chiefs and the Snappers have totaled 40 doubles, six triples and 11 homeruns in just over three weeks.
The Snappers notched their fourth three-game win streak of the season, their first since May 6th-8th . For a team that came in ranked first in total strikeouts on offense, Snappers pitching racked up 12 punchouts.
Mickey McDonald, Lazaro Armenteros and Hunter Hargrove each notched two-hit games, while Beck tallied three hits for the fourth time this season and his 13th multi-hit game of the year.
The Snappers will travel home for a seven-game homestand from May 18-24. First will be a Friday-Sunday series with the Quad City River Bandits and then a four-game series with the Peoria Chiefs, who Beloit is 3-1 against thus far on the season.
First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Wyatt Marks will get the start for the Snappers. It is a More For Your Money Friday. We are offering 4 General Admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 fountain soft drinks, 1 cotton candy, and a box of popcorn for just $40. This deal is brought to you by your friends Sheena Hanson and John Berkley of Uncommon Cents Investing.
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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