Lazaro Armenteros, Austin Beck and a record-setting night thrusted the Beloit Snappers (63-60, 31-23) shut the door on the Burlington Bees (46-75, 16-36) 18-4 in the first game of a three-game series Saturday night at Pohman Field in front of 2,634 fans.
Highlighting the night was an 11-run eighth for the Snappers that included eight hits, two doubles, a home run and couple of hit by pitches to make it 9-4. The Snappers also had 15 at bats in the inning.
Austin Beck singled home Nick Allen in the eighth to make it 8-4 and later in the inning, Miguel Mercedes hit a double to left-center to clear the bases and push the lead to 12-4.
Multiple Snappers would bat twice in the inning, including Beck who golfed a 2-1 pitch deep into the night to left field for a grand slam to make it 18-4. It was the first Snappers grand slam since 2016, Beck's second homer of the season and his first grand slam of his young career. Beck finished 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored along with the homer.
It was a night of season-highs for the Snappers. They set new highs in runs (18), hits (18), extra-base hits (7), team total bases (28), runs in an inning (11), at bats in an inning (15) and hits in an inning (8).
With the score tied 2-2 in the fifth, the Snappers broke away with three runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch.
In the fifth, Lazaro Armenteros doubled to leadoff and came home three batters later on a wild pitch from Bees reliever Ed Del Rosario. Logan Farrar would double to center field to score Hunter Hargrove and two batters later, Mickey McDonald singled home Farrar to make it 5-2 after five complete.
Putting the game out of reach early on was Armenteros in the sixth, sending a 1-2 pitch into orbit and banging off the left field scoreboard for a two-run homer to make it 7-2 Snappers.
Armenteros hit was the 10th of the night for the Snappers, giving them 21 of their last 34 games with 10 or more hits. For Armenteros, he led the way going 3-for-5 with the homer, two doubles, three RBI, two walks (one to force in a run) and eight total bases.
The Bees scored one in the third and fourth, the latter run giving Burlington a 2-1 lead in the fourth. They cut it to 7-4 in the sixth on a two-run homer from Alvaro Rubalcaba, but never got closer.
Leading by 14 in the bottom of the ninth, Snappers reliever Seth Martinez closed the door with a Kevin Williams ground out
The Snappers took the lead first in the second on a sac fly from Jordan Devencenzi to score Farrar to make it 1-0. The Snappers have been very effective this season when scoring first, moving to 41-17 on the year when they put up the first run.
With the win, the Snappers improved to 23-13 on the season in series openers this season.
Game two of the series will begin Sunday and is the only afternoon game of the homestand, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Taking the hill to start for the Snappers will be left-hander Jared Poché (7-6, 4.44), followed by piggyback starter Jhenderson Hurtado (0-1, 8.22).
It's Princess & Superhero Day for Sunday's game, where kids in costume get in free. It's also the Snappers Team Photo Giveaway of the 2018 team photo.
Sunday's game is a 2-For-1 BOGO & Mercy Health's Systems 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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