Kane County 2 Beloit 1 - Saturday
WP: Poche (2-0)
LP: Milburn (5-6)
S: Clark (2)
The Snappers scored a run in the ninth inning for the second night in a row to avoid a shutout with a 2-1 loss to Kane County on Saturday night. Beloit's losing slide has reaches five straight games in the 30th one-run game of the year for each the Snappers and Cougars, the most in the Midwest League.
The Snappers stranded eight runners on base in the first four innings and had at least one runner in scoring position in each of those frames. Out of 12 total runners left on by Beloit, seven were stuck in scoring position. The biggest early threat for Beloit was in the bottom of the third. With runners at first and third and no outs, the Snappers did not score after Miguel Mercedes struck out and a fielder's choice to cut down Luis Barrera attempting to score.
Edwin Diaz came the closest to putting an early run on the scoreboard when he tripled high off the wall in right-center in the first inning. He finished 3-for-5 and knocked home the Snappers lone run of the game with two outs in the ninth.
Matt Milburn suffered the tough-luck loss in a five-inning start in which he fanned six over just four hits. The Cougars scored twice in the third against Milburn as the first scored on a forceout and the second was a two-out double. Heath Bowers and Yordys Alejo teamed up on four scoreless frames in relief as the pitching staff struck out 11 batters.
Box Score: https://www.milb.com/gameday/cougars-vs-snappers/2017/07/08/499283?#game_state=final,game_tab=play-by-play,game=499283
Team Records: Kane County (48-36), Beloit (40-46)
Next Game: Sunday at 2:00 p.m. vs. Kane County Cougars at Pohlman Field
Probable Pitchers: Kane County RHP Emilio Vargas (2-3, 3.38 ERA) vs. Beloit RHP Xavier Altamirano (4-1, 2.45 ERA)
The Snappers continue their series against the Kane County Cougars (Class-A Diamondbacks) through the weekend. Turn Back the Clock Weekend concludes with 90s Day on Sunday afternoon. Take your lunch break on Monday at the ballpark for the Snappers noon game where $10 gets you a box seat, small cheese curds, and bottled soda. Tickets for these events at Pohlman Field and all individual game tickets can be found here.
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