Snappers score five unanswered runs, fall in the 9th

By Jarrah Vella-Wright / Beloit Snappers | August 6, 2017 5:58 PM ET

Quad Cities 6 Beloit 5 - Sunday

WP: Balaguer (2-0)

LP: Damron (3-5)

S: None

Time: 3:08

Attn: 3,773

The Snappers have lost three straight games for the first time since early July as a walk-off RBI single for the Bandits Josh Rojas proved the difference. It was Beloit's 39th game decided by one run, who are now 22-17 in those contests.

JaVon Shelby tied the game with a two-out, two-RBI single in the ninth inning after Edwin Diaz and Miguel Mercedes had put two on with no outs to begin the frame. Earlier, Beloit opened the fourth inning with three consecutive hits resulting in an RBI single for Kyle Nowlin who picked up his team-leading 57th RBI.

Snappers starter Xavier Altamirano left the bases loaded in the second inning to extend his shutout streak against Quad Cities to 14 innings. It didn't last much longer though as Chuckie Robinson broke up a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the third inning. It was the first time that Altamirano had allowed a home run since giving up a two-run shot on July 9th against Kane County.

Heath Bowers came into the ballgame in the third inning and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless, allowing only two hits in the process. It marked his longest outing of the season, surpassing the 3 2/3 innings he threw against Bowling Green on May 6th. Southpaw Ty Damron pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of the ballgame, his first outing as a Snapper since May 28.

Mike Martin, Luke Persico and Mercedes each had two hits in the contest for Beloit, while Josh Vidales extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 4th inning double. Martin also stole his seventh base in his last eight games as he swiped second in the first inning. The Snappers are now 39-9 this year when scoring five runs, and are 13-9 in games when both teams reach five runs.

Box Score:

Team Records: Quad Cities (65-46), Beloit (56-55)

Next Game: Monday at 6:35 p.m. vs. Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park

Probable Pitchers: Beloit LHP Zack Erwin (5-2, 1.68) vs. Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue (11-4, 2.83)

The Snappers return home for eight games on Thursday, August 10 against the Clinton LumberKings and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Homestand highlights include fireworks on Saturday, August 12 and a Renato Nunez bobblehead giveaway on Sunday, August 13. 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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