GRAND CHUTE, WI - Manuel Soliman struck out 11 over six innings to lead the Beloit Snappers to a 7-0 shutout over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Field. Soliman and two Beloit relievers combined to strike out 16 Rattlers batters and held Wisconsin to just three hits.
The evening started with Milwaukee Brewers reliever Zach Braddock making a rehab start for the Timber Rattlers (18-17). Braddock tossed three scoreless and hitless innings with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. The lefty tossed 33 pitches (24 strikes) in his outing.
But, Beloit (20-16) jumped on reliever Jimmy Nelson in the fourth inning. The first three Snappers to bat reached to start the fourth on a pair of singles and a walk. Daniel Ortiz drove in the first run with a fielder's choice. Then, Lance Ray tripled to drive in two runs.
The Snappers struck again in the fifth. There were two outs with none on base when Nelson gave up a double to Jamaal Hawkins and a walk to Nat Roberts. Michael Gonzales and Ortiz followed with consecutive RBI singles to make the score 5-0.
Nelson would hit Roberts with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth to force in a run and Beloit was up 6-0.
Roberts and Ortiz combined to score the final run of the game when Roberts tripled with one out in the ninth and Ortiz followed with an RBI double.
Wisconsin stranded nine runners on the evening. But, only Franklin Romero, Tyler Roberts, and Yadiel Rivera had hits - all singles - for the Rattlers.
Clinton Dempster struck out three in two innings and Jose Gonzalez struck out a pair in the ninth inning to shutout the Rattlers.
The Rattlers have been held off the scoreboard four times this season.
Wisconsin and Beloit continue the series at Time Warner Cable Field on Wednesday afternoon with a doubleheader. Austin Ross (4-1, 1.85) will start game one for the Rattlers and face BJ Hermsen (3-4, 4.46) in game one. Game two will feature Austin Britt (2-1, 7.50) as the starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Beloit has Michael Tonkin (1-1, 6.98) as their starter in the nightcap.
Game one starts at 12:05pm. The second game will start thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both games are scheduled for seven innings.
WP: Manuel Soliman (1-1)
LP: Jimmy Nelson (1-3)
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