BELOIT, WI - The Beloit Snappers scored five runs in the third inning on Monday night at Pohlman Field. It was enough for the Snappers to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-3. Miguel Sano tormented the Timber Rattlers with another home run and offset a two homer night by Wisconsin's Cameron Garfield. The loss was the second straight for the Rattlers.
Brandon Macias gave Wisconsin (65-47 overall, 21-22 second half) a quick lead when he hit a home run to lead off the game. Garfield followed with a solo home run of his own two outs later and the Rattlers were up 2-0 against Beloit starter Taylor Rogers.
Beloit (60-53, 21-22) struck back hard in the bottom of the third inning against Wisconsin starting pitcher David Goforth. AJ Pettersen doubled with one out for the Snappers first hit of the game. Nate Roberts would double to score Pettersen. A walk to JD Williams was followed by a two-run double off the bat of Eddie Rosario. Then, Sano drilled a two-run homer put the Snappers up 5-2.
The homer for Sano was his 23rd of the season and gave him 86 RBI this year. The blast was his fourth in nine games against Wisconsin this season.
Garfield, who went 3-for-3 with a walk on the evening, struck again in the sixth inning with another solo home run. That got the Rattlers to within two runs. Garfield has eight home runs this year.
Chadwin Stang started the eighth inning with a double off Beloit reliever Corey Williams. The double extended Stang's hitting streak to eighteen games, the second longest hitting streak in the Midwest League this season. Garfield would walk with one out to put the tying runs on base for Nick Ramirez, but Williams struck out Ramirez for the second out.
Beloit went to right-handed reliever Zack Jones to match up against Ben McMahan. The first pitch from the Beloit reliever went to the backstop for a wild pitch to move the tying runs into scoring position. Jones, a foruth round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2012 draft, would escape by getting McMahan to pop out to right. Jones would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the season.
The final game of the series is Tuesday night at Pohlman Field. Eric Semmelhack (1-0, 3.46) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Tyler Jones (2-4, 5.26) is set to go for Beloit. Game time is 7:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280 or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.
Brandon Macias (7th, 0 on in 1st inning off Taylor Rogers, 0 out)
Cameron Garfield (7th, 0 on in 1st inning off Taylor Rogers, 2 out)
Cameron Garfield (8th, 0 on in 6th inning off Talor Rogers, 1 out)
Miguel Sano (23rd, 1 on in 3rd inning off David Goforth, 1 out)
WP: Taylor Rogers (1-1)
LP: David Goforth (8-6)
SAVE: Zack Jones (3)
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