GRAND CHUTE, WI -- It had been almost two weeks since Chris Parmelee's last RBI. But, the Beloit slugger hit a sixth inning grand slam to propel the Snappers to a 5-3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Sunday afternoon on Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The big fly spoiled a good start by Timber Rattler Juan Pineda, who was in line for the win with five scoreless innings.
Wisconsin (7-12) broke the scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Korey Feiner, a former Beloit Snapper, knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Ron Garth was next and his RBI double accounted for the second run of the frame. Those were the only runs that Beloit starter Dan Berlind allowed in his five innings.
Pineda, making his first start of the season, left after reaching his pitch count through five innings. He gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out a pair.
Rattler reliever Rob Harmon got in trouble right away in the top of the sixth inning. Joe Benson singled and stole second. Mark Dolenc struck out but reached as strike three went to the backstop on a wild pitch. Harmon hit Garrett Olson with an 0-1 pitch to load the bases.
Parmelee was next and Harmon fell behind him in the count. The Beloit first baseman launched a 2-1 pitch from Harmon over the fence in right-centerfield for his first homer and his first RBIs since April 15. The homer put the Snappers (8-15) up 4-2.
Harmon walked Ben Petsch before exiting the game in favor of Ryan Moorer. Petsch would eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Greg Yersich later in the inning to put Beloit up 5-2.
Wisconsin attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth. Juan Diaz reached on an error, Eddy Hernandez walked, and Feiner was hit by a pitch. Charles Nolte left the game in favor of Matt Williams and Williams got a popout and a strikeout to keep the bases loaded while recording the first two outs of the inning.
Edilio Colina single was knocked down by shortstop Chris Cates before the ball could reach the outfield and only one run scored. Colina extended his hitting streak to nine games with the base hit and moved the tying run into scoring position. But, Williams struck out Beamon to end the game.
The Timber Rattlers begin a three game series with the West Michigan Whitecaps on Monday night. Juan Ramirez (0-1, 3.68) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. West Michigan sends Alfredo Figaro (3-0, 0.75) to the mound. Game time is 6:35pm.
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