In a hotly contested series finale, the Beloit Snappers (67-68) fell 6-5 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (66-70) on a walk-off in the ninth from Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ivan Andueza hit back-to-back T-Rats hitters. The final one to K.J. Harrison was with the bases loaded, bringing in Eddie Silva to score the winning run to make it 6-5. For the Timber Rattlers, it was their 11th walk-off win of the season.
Game one and two of the series saw both teams scoreless through three innings. Friday night wasn't the case. Both teams were tied at five through three in the books.
The Snappers got it started in the top of the first. Logan Farrar hit a two-run single to right, scoring Austin Beck and Lazaro Armenteros. A couple batters later, Jack Meggs delivered his 22nd double of the season to score Farrar and make it 3-0.
The Snappers would pad on single runs in the next two innings. Hunter Hargrove drove in a run on a bloop hit to right that scored Mickey McDonald in the second. Then in third, McDonald reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by T-Rats shortstop Darren Seferina. It allowed Meggs to score and give the Snappers a 5-3 lead.
The Timber Rattlers hung tough all game with the Snappers, especially early on. They answered the Snappers three-spot in the first with one of their own, with two runs coming on a two-run homer from Eddie Silva, to make it 3-3 after one in the books.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the third, Wisconsin's Chad McClanahan doubled to score Silva and two batters later Kenny Corey singled home McClanahan to tie it at 5-5.
From there on, the pitching settled down and neither team scored until the ninth. Both starters, Bryce Conley for Beloit and Nelson Hernandez for Wisconsin, only lasted three complete inning each and both gave up six hits and five total runs.
The Snappers used the help of Slater Lee for two innings and Andueza for three innings to get to the ninth tied.
Ryan Gridley, who saw his seven-game hit streak end Thursday night, had another good night at the plate going 2-for-4. Beck notched his team-leading 40th multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4 as well.
Even with the loss, the Snappers took two of three in the series and won their ninth series in their last 17 overall.
The Snappers now head home for their final regular season homestand of the year, a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Game one against the Kernels starts at 7:00 p.m. It's Fan Appreciate Night at Pohlman Field, where the Snappers will be thanking our dedicated and passionate fan base by giving away prizes every half inning so no one goes home empty handed. It's also the eighth and final fireworks show after the game, everything sponsored by Ho-Chunk Nation.
Saturday's game is also a Walk-Up Hog Heaven. It's $30 a ticket for an all you can eat experience at Pohlman Field. Please note that these tickets can NOT be purchased online. Hog Heaven tickets can be purchased in advance or purchased on Saturday. Call the Snappers office or stop by to reserve your ticket!
Starting game one for the Snappers will be right-hander Jean Ruiz (5-11, 4.55).
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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