Altamirano stellar as Snappers take series opener

By Bradley Star / Beloit Snappers | July 15, 2017 10:51 PM ET

Beloit 5 Great Lakes 1 - Saturday

WP: Altamirano (5-2)

LP: Sheffield (2-7)

S: None

Time: 2:36

Attn: 5,229

Right-hander Xavier Altamirano bounced back from his worst start of the year and fired six spectacular innings in the Snappers' 5-1 victory over Great Lakes on Saturday. Coming off of a rough seven-run outing against Kane County on July 9, Altamirano allowed just a run on two hits to the Loons in what was his best start since a promotion from the bullpen in mid-June.

Luke Persico put Beloit ahead early with an RBI single in the first inning, but the Snappers gave it right back in the bottom of the second when Brendon Davis scored on shortstop Eric Marinez's throwing error. Beloit didn't break through against Dodgers No. 8 prospect Jordan Sheffield again until Kyle Nowlin's go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning. The left-handed Sheffield was otherwise tough on the Snappers, as he gave up just the two runs in six innings while walking four and striking out 10.

Beloit received insurance runs in the ninth inning thanks to RBI knocks from Trace Loehr, who stayed hot with his third multi-hit performance in four days, and Marinez. Nowlin went 2-for-4 and is now 7 for his last 17, while Marinez led the Snappers with three hits on the night.

Right-handed relievers Joseph Camacho and Sam Sheehan combined for three shutout innings to secure Altamirano's fifth win of the season. 

Box Score: https://www.milb.com/gameday/snappers-vs-loons/2017/07/15/499779?#game_state=final,game_tab=,game=499779

Team Records: Beloit (44-48), Great Lakes (44-48)

Next Game: Sunday at 1:05 p.m. vs. Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond

Probable Pitchers: Beloit LHP Zack Erwin (2-2, 2.28 ERA) vs. Great Lakes RHP Dustin May (5-4, 3.68 ERA)

The Snappers welcome the West Michigan Whitecaps and South Bend Cubs to Beloit during their next homestand from July 19-23. Promotions include Christmas in July, Saturday Fireworks, and the Chris Bosio bobblehead giveaway. Tickets for these events at Pohlman Field and all individual game tickets can be found here

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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