The Beloit Snappers (14-19) snapped their six-game losing streak with a game two victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (18-20) to split the double-header. The Snappers fell in game one by a score of 4-2, while taking game two.
Hunter Hargrove continued his hot hitting, as the first baseman notched a base hit in each contest to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Over that span, Hargrove has increased his batting average from .246 to .300 while going 13/37 at the plate.
With the scored tied 6-6 after a four run Timber Rattlers sixth inning, Jesus Lopez singled home Austin Beck to give the Snappers a 7-6 lead.
Nick Highberger took over with one out in the bottom of the sixth for Jesus Zambrano and surrendered just one run with the bases loaded. Highberger then continued his outing in the bottom of the seventh, shutting the door on a T-Rats possible comeback. The right-hander picked up picked up his first win of the season and has yet to allow an earned run in six outings.
The Snappers built up a 5-1 lead in the third inning with a four-run frame jump started by a two-run double by Lazaro Armenteros. In eight games this season, "Lazarito" is batting .345 with a 1.050 OPS and has hit in six of eight games with six RBI.
Jordan Devencenzi followed with an RBI single to score Armenteros and up the Snappers lead to 4-1. Jack Meggs grounded into a fielders choice that scored Hargrove to push the lead to 5-1.
It was a tight, close game one until the T-Rats broke the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth. Jay Feliciano singled home a pair of runs in Demi Orimoloye and Zach Clark to give Wisconsin a 4-2 edge.
The Snappers then went 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh, ending with a Nick Allen groundout as Beloit lost their sixth game in a row.
Hargrove singled in Trace Loehr in the first to open the scoring. For Hargrove, the RBI single extended his hit streak to nine games at the time.
After Wisconsin tied the game 1-1 in the fourth, Loehr notched his fifth double of the season and drove in Allen to reclaim the lead 2-1.
Jared Poché was tabbed with his second loss of the season after going 5.1 innings and surrendered four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He also walked three, while striking out one.
Snappers outfielder Logan Farrar saw his 11-game hit streak snapped after going 0-3 with a strikeout. During the streak, which began May 1st, the 23-year old hit .283 with one home run and five RBI. Farrar also scored eight runs with 13 hits, five of which were doubles.
The Snappers managed just a season-low three hits in the 4-2 game one loss.
With extra-base hits in both games, the Snappers extended their extra-base hit streak to 20 games. The streak began April 23 against the Peoria Chiefs and the Snappers have totaled 35 doubles, six triples and 11 homeruns.
The season series between the Snappers and T-Rats is tied at three games apiece. The series will pick back up on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. The Snappers will send left-hander Ivan Andueza (0-1, 7.84) and the Timber Rattlers will send right-hander Nelson Hernandez (5-2, 5.05).
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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