Snappers Comeback In Waves, Take Game Two 8-6

Two Separate Three Run Frames Get Ivan Andueza His First Win

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By Matt Harvey / Beloit Snappers | July 7, 2018 11:24 PM

Down early, the Beloit Snappers (41-43) rallied to top the Clinton LumberKings (48-38) 8-6 with two big innings at Pohlman Field Saturday night in front of 1,236 fans.

Down early, the Beloit Snappers (41-43) rallied to top the Clinton LumberKings (48-38) 8-6 with two big innings at Pohlman Field Saturday night in front of 1,236 fans.

 

A three run, four hit rally by the Snappers in the fifth inning catapulted them to a lead they never looked back on. After two singles, Hunter Hargrove singled to center field to score Skyler Weber. This was followed by an RBI single from Jesus Lopez, his second RBI of the game, to score Austin Beck.

 

Jack Meggs reached on a fielder's choice when the LumberKing infield couldn't turn a double-play, allowing Hargrove to score. By the end of the frame, the Snappers were ahead 5-4.

 

In the eighth inning, Beloit walked four times, twice with the bases loaded, and used two hits to bring three more runs across and make it 8-4.

 

Ryan Costello hit a two-run homer in the ninth to make it interesting, but Wandisson Charles locked in and ­­­­­­­­struck out Dimas Ojeda to end the game.

 

The tone was set very early by Clinton with back-to-back singles by the top of the lineup in the first inning. After a wild pitch from Snappers starter Ivan Andueza, Zach Scott and Jack Larsen scored on a throwing error from Nick Allen on a ground ball hit by Ryan Costello. The Snappers were immediately in a 2-0 hole after the top of the first.

 

The LumberKings got another two spot against Andueza in the third. Andueza balked in Scott and Eugene Helder singled home Larsen. The LumberKings had eight hits after the fifth inning and had two runs to show for it, leading 4-2.

 

The scoring got started for Beloit on an RBI groundout from Lopez in the first that scored Allen to make it 2-1. In the fourth, Logan Farrar hit a sac fly to left field to score Lopez and make the score 4-2.

 

Andueza went 5.1 innings, giving up nine hits and four runs with four strikeouts. It was Andueza earned his first win of the season in his 10th start of the season.

 

Clinton starter Randy Bell took the loss, going five innings and surrendering eight hits, five runs and a walk in his second start of the season with the LumberKings.

 

For Beloit, it's their first four-game winning streak of the season. They won the last two games of the Quad Cities series and game one against Clinton on Friday. Clinton, meanwhile, has lost four games in a row.

 

Offense was present early and often, as the two teams combined for 25 hits. The eighth inning in particular has been friendly to the Snappers this series. Through the first two games, the Snappers have scored eight runs in the fifth frame.

 

Hargrove had his second straight big game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and got both fourth and seventh inning rallies started by reaching on base hits. He went 4-for-5 in game one with two RBI in game one. He came into the day batting .309 with 13 RBI in his last 19 games.

 

The Snappers have now taken the first two games of the series. Game three of this four-game series against the LumberKings will pick up Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Right-hander Mitchell Jordan (2-2, 2.63) will be on the rubber to start game three. He will be opposed by the Clinton right-hander Clay Chandler (5-1, 3.32).

Sunday is a 2-For-1 BOGO & Mercy Health System's 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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