The Beloit Snappers (33-37) began their 2018 second-half with a 3-2 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits (40-31) on the road at Modern Woodman Park in Iowa.
The deciding play came in the top of the ninth. With JaVon Shelby on third after stealing second and advancing on a bad throw, Mickey McDonald hit a single to center to give the Snappers the go-ahead run and game sealing run.
This was a game the Snappers had to slowly get back into by chipping away. After the River Bandits went up 2-0 in the fourth, the Snappers got a run in the fifth and seventh to send the game to the eighth tied 2-2.
Nick Allen had a nice game in the nine hole of the lineup, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. His RBI single in the fifth to score Shelby got the Snappers offense cooking. Allen would score the game tying run in the seventh on a ground out RBI from Austin Beck.
Shelby and Allen in the eight and nine spots of the lineup, respectively, provided all three runs for the Snappers.
Bryce Conley got the start for the Snappers and went five innings, surrendering six hits, two earned runs, three walks and registered three strikeouts.
The combination of Jesus Zambrano, Josh Reagan and Seth Martinez combined for three scoreless innings and four strikeouts. Reagan picked up his second win of the season in 1.2 innings of relief, while Martinez got the final out in the ninth inning to get his team leading ninth save of the season.
Logan Mattix singled in the top of the fourth to jump the River Bandits to a 2-0 lead. It was the only runs they would score on the evening.
This was the first game of the second half for the both teams. The Snappers sent Beck, Trace Loehr and Wyatt Marks to the All-Star Game in Lansing, Michigan earlier in the week. Beck and Loehr combined to go 0-for-6, while Marks threw just 0.1 innings.
The River Bandits had already clinched a playoff berth by having the best record in the Western division from the first-half of the season. The River Bandits are the defending Midwest League champions from last year.
Logan Farrar went 0-for-3 and his season and career-high hit streak ended at 15 games. Over the streak, Farrar batted .320 with nine RBI and seven runs.
McDonald was able to keep his season high hit streak alive with a 2-for-4 night. Over his now eight-game hitting streak, McDonald is batting .414 with seven runs and two RBI.
The Snappers will resume their four-game series on Friday evening with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. On the mound for the Snappers will be Ivan Andueza (0-3, 5.09).
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