BELOIT, WI - The Beloit Snappers scored three early runs and that was more than enough for Michael Ynoa to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in game one of Thursday's doubleheader at Pohlman Field. The Snappers beat Wisconsin 3-1 to clinch a first half playoff spot in the Western Division.
The Timber Rattlers (26-35) threatened early against Ynoa. Orlando Arcia doubled with one out and Tyrone Taylor walked. But, Ynoa struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Beloit (41-25) broke through with a two-out rally in the bottom of the second inning against Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Hiram Burgos. John Wooten singled to keep the inning alive. Then, Ryan Delgado lined a double high off the batter's eye in center. That scored Wooten for a 1-0 lead.
Burgos finished his rehab start with the Rattlers after the second inning. He allowed one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Snappers added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Delgado doubled with one out. Dayton Alexander followed with a single to left that put runners on the corners. Christopher Bostick lined a double to center to drive in both runners and give Beloit a 3-0 lead.
The Rattlers were all but silenced by Ynoa after the first inning. He held Wisconsin to two hits and one walk with five strikeouts over five scoreless innings.
Wisconsin avoided the shutout in the top of the seventh inning with a run against reliever Andres Avila. Adam Giacalone singled with one out. Alfredo Rodriguez grounded into a fielder's choice that forced Giacalone, but a wild throw allowed Rodriguez to take second. Max Walla followed with a single to left and Rodriguez scored. Avila would end the game by striking out the next batter for the final out.
The Timber Rattlers are 1-7 against Beloit this season.
WP: Michael Ynoa (2-1)
LP: Hiram Burgos (0-1)
SAVE: Andres Avila (2)
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