BELOIT, WI- The Beloit Snappers (13-7, 57-33) scored two runs in the eighth inning to take the second game by a 3-2 final score against the Lake County Captains (12-8, 35-52) on Thursday night. The Captains have dropped two straight games.
The Captains broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second inning. Third baseman Erik Gonzalez doubled with one out in the inning. Gonzalez swiped third for his ninth stolen base of the year and then trotted home when catcher Nick Rickles threw the ball into left field attempting to catch Gonzalez.
Another Snappers mistake led to a run in the fifth inning. Second baseman Yhoxian Medina reached on a two-out infield single. Left fielder Todd Hankins hit a groundball in front of the mound. Snappers’ starter Seth Streich fielded the ball but threw the ball wide of first, scoring Medina and allowing Hankins to go to third base.
Dylan Baker made his 16th start of the year while he looked to win his sixth straight decision. Baker threw four scoreless innings, while taking a no-decision. He allowed only one hit, a leadoff double in the fourth. He walked four and struck out a season-high eight batters. Felix Sterling entered for the fifth.
With the four shutout innings, Baker has now thrown 17 and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball dating back to June 30th. Over the last three starts, he has allowed seven hits, nine walks while striking out 15.
The Snappers cut the lead in half with a run in the fifth inning. Center fielder Brett Vertigan led off with a walk from Sterling. Second baseman Chris Bostick plated Vertigan with a double to left field. Bostick was retired as a part of a strike-him-out, throw-him-out situation.
Sterling allowed one run, one hit and one walk in his one inning of work. Benny Suarez followed Sterling for the sixth inning.
Suarez threw a perfect sixth inning before running into some trouble in the seventh. Suarez walked the bases loaded with two outs in the frame. Manager Scooter Tucker brought in Jack Wagoner to try to get out of the jam. Wagoner got a strikeout to end the threat.
Suarez pitched one and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball with three walks.
Streich threw seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits. He walked two and fanned five. Kris Hall came in for the eighth inning. Hall was entered as the eighth man in the batting order, losing Beloit’s designated hitter.
Hall gave up a walk and a single but the Captains could not muster a run home.
The Snappers scored two runs in the eighth inning that won the game. Wagoner allowed the first four batters to reach while loading the bases. Pinch hitter Aaron Shipman entered the game in place of Hill. Shipman coaxed a bases loaded walk to bring home the tying run. Vertigan plated another run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Hill won his third game of the year, with a scoreless eighth inning. Austin House earned his sixth save of the year with a perfect ninth.
Wagoner took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks in one and a third inning. He also struck out two.
The Captains mustered only four hits on the night. Four different players accounted for the four hits.
Lake County and Beloit will conclude the three-game series on Friday night. RHP Luis DeJesus (3-9, 6.02) will take the mound for the Captains as he will face RHP Vince Voiro (5-3, 3.18) for the Snappers. First pitch from Pohlman Field is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.