Snappers Comeback Falls Short on Saturday

Miguel Mercedes launched his 16th home run and 23rd double of the season, the team lead in both categories, on Saturday, August 12 vs. Clinton. (Scott Schutz)

By Garett Mansfield / Beloit Snappers | August 12, 2017 11:03 PM ET

Clinton 5 Beloit 4 - Saturday

WP: Newsome (7-8)

LP: Altamirano (7-4)

S: Elledge (3)

Time: 2:48

Attn: 1,942

Clinton jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Saturday and held the Snappers tying run at third base to break Beloit's string of five straight wins over the LumberKings. The one-run loss was the 40th total ballgame decided by one run this season for Beloit.

Miguel Mercedes started the comeback attempt with a two-run homer to center field in the sixth inning, his 16th of the season. Luke Persico tightened the game to a 5-3 score with an RBI double in the eighth before he went down swinging for the final out of the ninth with J.C. Rodriguez standing on third base.

Mercedes nearly cleared the left field wall in the second inning, but the deep fly ball banged off the wall for his team-high 23rd double. He finished the night 2-for-3 with a walk. Josh Vidales and Rodriguez each had multi-hit nights with extra-base hits, a triple by Vidales and a ninth inning double by Rodriguez.

Altamirano allowed a season-high nine hits to the LumberKings as he labored through five innings. A slow-rolling ground ball hit by Bryson Brigman snuck past first basemen Miguel Mercedes and scored the first two runs of the game for Clinton with one out in the first inning. The LumberKings extended their lead to 4-0 with single runs in the third and fourth before Dimas Ojeda launched a home run to right as the first hitter to face reliever Mitchell Jordan.

Beloit's defense converted their 116th double play and 46th outfield assist on Saturday and continue to lead the Midwest League in both categories. Persico was the outfielder credited with the assist from right field, his league-best 15th on the campaign.

Box Score: https://www.milb.com/gameday/lumberkings-vs-snappers/2017/08/12/499301?#game_state=final,game_tab=boxscore,game=499301

Team Records: Clinton (50-65), Beloit (58-58)

Next Game: Sunday at 2:00 p.m. vs. Clinton LumberKings at Pohlman Field

Probable Pitchers: Clinton RHP Steven Ridings (0-2, 5.40 ERA) vs. Beloit LHP Zack Erwin (5-3, 2.27 ERA)

Sunday, August 13 will be the Snappers third bobblehead giveaway of the year featuring Renato Nunez. Just 10 home games remain at Pohlman Field in 2017 after Sunday's series finale with Clinton. 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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