Snappers sweep Captains, 7-6
BELOIT. WI- The Beloit Snappers (15-6, 58-33) scored two runs in the last two innings to walk-off and sweep the Lake County Captains (12-9, 35-53) by a final score of 7-6 on Friday night. The Captains’ bullpen faltered for the third straight night as the Snappers walked-off twice in the series.
The Captains looked to right-hander Luis DeJesus in order to avoid the sweep. DeJesus was opposed by righty Vincent Vioro for the Snappers.
Lake County came out of the gate firing with three runs and four hits in the first. Third baseman Todd Hankins led off with a single to centerfield. Second baseman Yhoxian Medina plated Hankins with a RBI double, his sixth RBI of the year. Centerfielder Logan Vick singled and stole second to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. After a strikeout, shortstop Erik Gonzalez singled home Medina for a 2-0 lead while Vick scored on a ground out by catcher Eric Haase.
Beloit answered back with a run in the bottom half of the first. Centerfielder Brett Vertigan reached on an one-out walk. He moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a RBI single on third baseman Renato Nunez.
Designated hitter Jeremy Lucas opened the second with a double and scored on a RBI single by left fielder Jorge Martinez. The Captains held a 4-1 lead after an inning and a half.
The Captains used three consecutive singles with two outs to score another run in the fourth. Medina’s second RBI hit of the night opened a four run lead. A walk to Vick loaded the bases and ended Vioro’s night. Stuart Pudenz entered into a two-out, bases-loaded jam. Pudenz picked Vick off first to end the threat.
Vioro earned a no-decision with five runs allowed on nine hits in three and two third innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Beloit cut the lead to one with one swing of the bat in the fourth inning. After two singles, catcher Nick Rickles hit his fifth home run of the year, a three-run shot to right field. The homer was the seventeenth given up by Dejesus this year, a Midwest League high.
The Snappers tied the game with a run in the fifth. Aaron Shipman opened with a double and Vertigan followed with an infield single. Vertigan stole second before second baseman Chris Bostick grounded out to score Shipman.
Dejesus earned a no-decision as well with five innings in the books. He gave up five runs on six hits with one walk, three strikeouts and a hit batter. Luis Morel entered in relief for the sixth.
Morel worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to keep the game scoreless.
Lake County regained the lead in the seventh inning, hoping it would stick. Hankins was hit by a pitch and he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Pudenz exited in favor of Chris Lamb. Lamb walked Vick to put runners on first and second with one out. Hankins stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Joe Sever.
Pudenz allowed one run on one hit in two and two-third innings of work. He hit one batter and fanned another. Lamb walked one in two-thirds of an inning.
Beloit tied the game in the eighth inning. Left fielder Ryan Mathews laced a one-out double down the left-field line. Rickles drove in his fourteenth RBI with a single to left field. Rickles was thrown out going to second base.
D.J. Brown relieved Morel for the ninth inning. Morel gave up one run on five hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Vertigan greeted Brown with a double to left field. Brown struck out the next batter but surrendered the game-winning hit to Nunez. Nunez had three hits and two RBI’s on the night.
Brown took the loss, giving up the winning run on two hits in one-third of an inning.
David Mota pitched two scoreless innings to win his first game of the year.
The Captains had ten hits in the game, including three players with multi-hit games. Hankins, Medina and Martinez all had two hits.
The Captains will move on to Appleton, Wisconsin to open a three-game series with the defending Midwest League champions, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. RHP Jake Sisco (4-6, 3.63) will toe the rubber for the Captains against RHP Tyler Wagner (7-7, 3.63) for the Timber Rattlers. First pitch from Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium is set for 7:35 PM Eastern Time.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.