CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - The Beloit Snappers (28-31) failed to make up ground in the Western division of the Midwest League standings with a 8-0 shutout loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (28-31) Thursday night.
The Snappers had won three of the first four games of the five-game series with the Kernels. The Snappers swept their second double-header in as many days on Wednesday with 4-3 and 3-0 victories.
The Snappers trailed 1-0 through the sixth inning, but the Kernels broke the game open in the seventh and eighth innings with Cedar Rapids scoring three and four in those innings, respectively.
In the seventh, Kernel Jordan Gore singled home Trey Cabbage and David Banuelos. Newest Snapper JaVon Shelby made a fielding error on the play.
In the eighth after another Gore RBI single, Akil Baddoo hit a three-run homer to blow the game wide open and make the score 8-0.
The bats for the Snappers were primarily silent. They failed to record an extra base hit, just the third time in the last 42 games they have not had at least one hit for multiple bases. Mickey McDonald led the way with two hits, but as a team the Snappers struck out 10 times and did not draw a walk.
Starting Thursday night for the Snappers was Ivan Andueza. The left-hander pitched well until the seventh, when he gave up three runs. Andueza, earning the loss in this game, was coming off a no decision against Quad Cities on June 1st where he went five innings of two-run ball.
Catcher Jordan Devencenzi did not get the start Thursday, a day after his team and career high 19 game hit streak was snapped. He went hitless in game two of the Wednesday double-header and over the course of the streak, he batted .348 with eight RBI, 10 runs, six doubled and just seven strikeouts.
The Snappers also tied their season high of double plays hit into, hitting into three consecutive twin killings in three innings. It was also the third time this season no Snapper has drawn a walk in a game.
The Snappers will leave Cedar Rapids having taken three of five against the Kernels. The Snappers won game one of Tuesday's double-header 5-2 before taking both games Wednesday 4-3 and 3-0, respectively.
The Snappers now travel back home for a four-game weekend series with the Burlington Bees. Game one is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, with right-hander Wyatt Marks (3-4, 4.25) on the bump for the Snappers.
Friday is Snappy's 23rd birthday and WJVL Country Night. It will also be a More For Your Money Friday promotional event. Four general admissions tickets, four hot dogs, four fountain soft drinks, one cotton candy and a box of popcorn for just $40, brought to you by your friends at Sheena Hanson and John Berkley of Uncommon Cents Inventing.
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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