A sharp grounder to the left side in the eighth scored a run to give the Dayton Dragons (45-53) a 2-1 win over the Beloit Snappers (51-46) Sunday afternoon at Pohlman Field in front of 1,324 fans.
With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, J.D. Williams hit a hard grounder that Nick Allen fielded moving towards third. Allen couldn't get a throw to any bag, settling to tag out Mark Kolozvary in between second and third but Malik Collymore came home to make it 2-1 Dragons.
The Snappers went down 1-2-3 in the ninth at the hands of Dragons closer John Ghyzel. Ghyzel got his Midwest League leading 17th save of the season after Jesus Lage struck out for the third out.
The Snappers took the first lead of the game in the fourth on a fielder's choice ground out by Lage, who reached when he beat out a double-play when Dragons second baseman Jose Garcia bobbled the exchange on his throw to first. It allowed Mickey McDonald to score his team-leading 47th run of the season. It was also Lage's first RBI as a Snapper this season.
That lead would be short lived, when the Dragons tied it up in the top of the fifth on a Collymore RBI single past Ryan Gridley. It scored Lorenzo Cedrola and evened the game at 1-1.
Both teams struggled on offense, but the Dragons outhit the Snappers 10-7. The Snappers as a team were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. They failed to record at least one extra-base hit in just their second of the past 31 games.
The Dragons were led by Collymore, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. As a team, Dayton had four stolen bases which set a new season high Snappers pitching has allowed this season.
Snappers starter Wyatt Marks went six complete innings for the fourth consecutive time, giving up just one earned run with six strikeouts and zero walks.
Seth Martinez came on in relief to pitch the last three innings while earning the loss, going three complete, surrendering two hits, one run, a walk and a strikeout. His run allowed ended his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 17.2 innings and was his first run allowed in the second half of the season.
Dragons reliever Ryan Nutof pitched in his Midwest League leading 35th game of the season, earning the win in three innings of relief and setting up Ghyzel.
The Snappers will wrap up the series in the rubber match with Dayton Monday afternoon with a noon first pitch. On the hill for Beloit will be right-hander Jean Ruiz (4-6, 4.64). Opposing him for Dayton will be right-hander Austin Orewiler (3-3, 3.87).
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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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