An early grand slam by the Cedar Rapids Kernels (38-37) doomed the Beloit Snappers (35-40) as Beloit fell 6-0 Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Kernels cleanup hitter Jose Miranda launched his seventh home run in the first inning to put Cedar Rapids up 4-0 early off Snappers starter Bryce Conley.
The Kernels tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a two-RBI single off the bat of Royce Lewis to push the score to 6-0.
Conley lasted just three innings, surrendering four earned runs and just three strikeouts while picking up his third loss of the season. He was relieved by Jesus Zambrano, who surrendered the last two runs in two innings of work. Nick Highberger pitched the final inning, surrendering just one hit.
The Snappers offense struggled all night, generating just four hits, one walk and struck out 11 times. Only Trace Loehr, Jack Meggs, Logan Farrar and Skyler Weber got hits.
One of the bright spots on the night was Seth Martinez. Martinez pitched two scoreless innings after Zambrano and racked up two strikeouts.
The Kernels used just two pitchers overall. Starter Edwar Colina picked up the win in six innings. Jared Finkel pitched the last three innings and earned his second save of the season.
It was the second consecutive shutout the Snappers have suffered. They were coming off a 3-0 loss Monday night in game one of the series. It was also their third consecutive shutout loss to the Kernels.
It was the Snappers sixth and seventh times this season getting shutout.
Austin Beck lost his career high hit streak Monday night. His streak ended at 14 consecutive games, where he hit .375 and seven RBI over the streak.
The Snappers will conclude their three-game series Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. The Snappers will send left-hander Ivan Andueza (0-3, 4.53) to the mound. On the rubber for the Kernels will be Randy Dobnak (5-2, 4.18).
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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