Peoria 7 Beloit 3 - Thursday
WP: Williams (1-0)
LP: Milburn (0-1)
Beloit trailed 4-0 at stretch time on Thursday and pulled within one, but Peoria answered in the eighth with three of their own to win the series opener 7-3 at Pohlman Field. Beloit has now lost five games in a row.
Edwin Diaz started the Snappers scoring with a solo homer to left field, his second of the 2017 season and the first home run hit at Pohlman Field this season. Nate Mondou reached third base on a bunt single and a two-base error by the Peoria third baseman. The lead was cut down to two runs when Miguel Mercedes delivered an RBI-single that forced the Chiefs to pull their starter Ronnie Williams. Kyle Nowlin greeted new pitcher Spencer Trayner with a single, but the Peoria reliever would get the next two hitters. JaVon Shelby came through with a two-out RBI single to put the Snappers within one run.
In the next half inning, Danny Hudzina delivered a crippling blow to Beloit's comeback with a two-run double over the head of Snappers left fielder Cole Gruber, who was playing shallow in the outfield. Peoria would add one more when Andy Young stole second base and the throw from Beloit catcher Jason Goldstein went into center field and allow Hudzina to trot home from third. Peoria had three doubles in the game including a two-run two-bagger from Stefan Trosclair to plate the Chiefs' first runs of the game.
Nowlin had his second straight two-hit night for Beloit. Mondou and Shelby also went 2-for-4 at the plate during Beloit's 10-hit effort as Shelby and Mercedes chipped in an RBI apiece. Diaz's home run was the Snappers only extra-base hit of the evening. Luis Barrera's five-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4 performance.
Beloit's pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts of Chiefs hitters, the second consecutive game Snappers pitchers piled up double-digit strikeouts. Peoria's Williams had a stellar six-inning start, who only needed 70 pitched to get through his night and sat down 11-in-a-row before he came out to start the seventh.
Box Score: https://www.milb.com/gameday/chiefs-vs-snappers/2017/04/13/499245?#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=499245
Team Records: Beloit (2-5), Peoria (4-2)
Next Game: Friday at 6:30 p.m. vs. Peoria at Pohlman Field
Probable Pitchers: Peoria RHP Ian Oxnevad (0-1, 6.23 ERA) vs. Beloit LHP Dalton Sawyer (0-1, 4.91 ERA)
The Snappers host a 'More For Your Money' Friday tomorrow night and Saturday will be the first weekend game of the year beginning at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for these events at Pohlman Field and all individual game tickets can be found here.
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