BELOIT, WI - The Beloit Snappers beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Pohlman Field. Beloit erased an early Rattlers lead with three runs in the second inning and sent Wisconsin to its sixth straight loss.
Wisconsin (66-72 overall, 28-40 second half) took the lead on an unearned run in the top of the second. Cody Hawn reached second on a dropped fly ball to left with one out. Brandon Macias followed with an RBI single. Later in the inning, the Rattlers had runners at the corners with one out. But, Macias was thrown out at the plate trying to score from third on a foul pop to shallow right. The Rattlers offense did not threaten
Beloit (69-68, 31-36) charged back to take the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Michael Gonzales started the inning with a double. A one out single by Tyler Grimes tied the game as Gonzales scored. The Snappers went in front on an RBI grounder by Andrew Lee. Beloit scored their final run of the inning on a double steal. Jhonatan Arias took off for second base and drew a throw. Wang Wei-Lin raced home from third and beat the throw for a 3-1 Beloit advantage.
The Snappers added to their lead with single runs in the fourth inning and in the eighth inning. Leer's sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 4-1. An RBI single by Lin - his fourth hit of the day - came in the eighth inning and made it 5-1.
Four Beloit pitchers held the Timber Rattlers to one unearned run on seven hits and combined for ten strikeouts. Michael Tonkin, making just his third start of the season, allowed an unearned run and struck out five for his fourth win of the season.
Wisconsin plays their final game of the 2011 season on Monday afternoon when they take on the Snappers at Pohlman Field. Charly Bashara (4-5, 5.53) is the scheduled starter for the Timber Rattlers. Beloit has AJ Achter (5-7, 4.66) as their scheduled starter. Game time is 2:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 1:40pm.
WP: Michael Tonkin (4-3)
LP: Eric Arnett (0-4)
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