The Clinton LumberKings (14-6) rallied in the late innings for the second-consecutive game to defeat the Beloit Snappers (9-9) by the score of 8-5 with 1,109 fans in attendance at Pohlman Field Sunday afternoon..
The LumberKings entered the eighth inning, trailing 5-4. Louis Boyd led off the frame with a triple to right field, and scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 5. Clinton then took a three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, as Jack Larsen came to the bat with the bases loaded. With Greifer Andrade at third, Dimas Ojeda at second, and Ariel Sandoval at third, Larsen tripled to left field, plating all three runs to give the LumberKings an 8-5 advantage.
Heath Bowers (1-1, 7.45) was tabbed with the loss, as he surrendered the three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings with a pair of walks and strikeouts.
The Snappers started out strong, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning to spot Snappers starter Jared Poche a 3-0 lead. Jack Meggs doubled home Nick Allen who walked to lead off the inning with Logan Farrar stopping at third after the left fielder reached on a fielder's choice.
Trace Loehr then singled to left to plate both Farrar and Meggs with two outs in the inning to give the Snappers a 3-0 edge.
Clinton answered back in the top of the second inning, as Ryan Costello hit a two-run home run to right field to bring the LumberKings within a run as they trailed 3-2.
The LumberKings took the lead with a pair of runs in the thirdd, as Larsen plated the first two of his five RBI on the night. Larsen stung a two-run single to right-center with two outs in the inning to give Clinton the 4-3 lead.
Beloit came rolling back in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs of their own, as Jesus Lopez plated Loehr with an RBI groundout to tie the game at 3. Jake Lumley then gave the Snappers the lead as he singled home Skyler Weber to put Beloit on top 5-3.
Poche's day was done after four innings, the southpaw allowed four runs on six hits while walking a batter and striking out a pair.
Ivan Anduzea made his season and Snappers debut in the fifth inning, and the left-hander tossed 3.2 innings surrendering just one run on two hits while walking and striking out three. Loehr, Lumley and Devencenzi each notched two-hit performances in the loss and Loehr added two RBI.
The Snappers next play on Tuesday after the league off day on Monday, as they travel to Fort Wayne, IN for a three0game series against the TinCaps. Right-hander Bryce Conley (1-1, 3.66) will get the start for the Snappers, as the TinCaps will send right-hander Mason Thompson.
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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