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Game Winning Rally Comes in Nick of Time

Grand Slam Caps Beloit's Ninth Inning Explosion
July 23, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, KY - Nick Rickles smashed a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth inning as the Beloit Snappers stunned the Bowling Green Hot Rods, 9-7, in Midwest League action on Monday evening at Bowling Green Ballpark. This game came following the conclusion of Sunday's suspended game, which resumed in the eleventh inning on Monday and saw Bowling Green emerge victorious, 4-1, in the fourteenth, thanks to a three-run, walk-off homer by Ryan Dunn.

This victory ends a four-game losing streak for the Snappers and they are now 61-39 (18-12 in the second half). In contrast, the Hot Rods see their six-game win streak broken and they now have a record of 59-40 (21-10 in the second half).

Beloit's incredible comeback began with them trailing 7-2 entering the ninth and Nick Sawyer (2-3) pitching. Dayton Alexander walked to lead-off and Aaron Shipman singled. Two more walks forced in a run and a Renato Nunez single plated a second run while the bags remained full. Matt Olson proceeded to draw the fourth walk of the frame and now the Snappers trailed by only two runs with still nobody out. That's when Marcus Jensen relieved Sawyer and the first batter he faced was Rickles. One swing later, the uprising was complete. Tyler Vail (5-3) hurled a scoreless eighth and ninth for the victory.

Bowling Green immediately got on the board, scoring three times in the first inning. A pair of walks put two on with two out and Leonardo Reginatto came through with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. An error on the next play allowed two unearned runs to come across and Beloit was quickly in a hole.

Rickles helped the Snappers get back into the game in the fourth and fifth innings. The catcher began the fourth with a single and scored on a wild pitch for Beloit's first run. One inning later, his double tallied Christopher Bostick, making the score 3-2, but the Hot Rods seemed to dash any comeback hopes in the bottom of the fifth.

A Reginatto single began the frame and he hustled all the way home on Marty Gantt's triple. A walk and an error loaded the bases and Brandon Martin was hit by a pitch, pushing another run across. Two batters later, another error let in two more unearned runs and the lead was stretched to five, but that wouldn't be enough.

The suspended game, which was completed before the start of the day's scheduled contest, was the resumption of Sunday's game, which came to a halt with the score tied at 1-1 in the top of the eleventh inning due to rain. The teams dueled through three scoreless frames before Dunn, who also won Saturday's game with a homer, took Chris Lamb (2-3) deep with two on to win it. Ryan Garton (2-3) held Beloit hitless for four innings to nab the win.

On Wednesday, the Snappers will be back at Pohlman Field following a day off to face the Kane County Cougars in the first of three. Beloit plans on sending out RHP Seth Streich (9-5, 3.96 ERA) while Kane County's starter is TBD. Don't forget to take advantage of the Snappers early brew special before the game, as the Miller "On Deck" will be open from 4:00pm to 5:30pm with no cover charge. Drafts of Miller and Leinenkugel will be only $1.50 during this time. Social Media Wednesday will give Snappers fans the chance to pick the great deal that will be available. Visit the team's Facebook page or Twitter account to help decide what will be in store for you, the fans, at the game.