West Michigan 0 at Beloit 5
W: M. Fox (1-0, 0.00); L: J. Gerbe (1-1, 3.07)
HR: BEL: J. Benson (2), D. Romero (1).
For Matt Fox, shoulder sugery became a learning process. Robbed of a fastball in the mid-90's, Fox had to learn to pitch. It's been a long struggle for the former first round sandwhich pick since joining the Twins organization, but it all came to head on Friday night when Fox pitched for a career-high 10 strike outs and blanked the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Snappers tied up the best-of-5 series with a 5-0 blanking and it will call come down to a decisive game 5 tonight at Pohlman Field.
Fox struck out 3 in the first inning, then got some help from his batting staff starting with a Joe Benson walk and a Steve Singleton line drive. Deibinson Romero hit his first home run in a Snappers uniform to drive the pair in, and giving Belot a big 3-0 lead.
A Greg Yersich double helped Chris Parmelee to a run in the 4th, while Joe Benson clobbered one over the right center field wall in the 5th.
The Whitecaps were only able to get 3 hits and walk off Fox in his 6 inning on the mound. We was replaced by Australian reliever Matt Williams for 1 inning, and fireballer Aaron Craig for 2. The pair only allowed 1 hit each during their time on the mound.
Only Santo De Leon had some success against the Beloit pitching staff, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Jeff Gerbe absorbed the loss for the Whitecaps, allowing all 5 Snappers runs on 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9 over 7 innings.
Beloit ace Alex Burnett will face off against West Michigan's Charlie Furbush for the MWL crown.
On the brink of elimination and facing Eastern League Pitcher of the Year Alan Horne, the Akron Aeros came up with an ace of their own Friday night. Jeremy Sowers tossed six scoreless innings and Rodney Choy Foo drove in three runs as the Aeros stayed alive with an 8-2 victory over visiting Trenton in Game 3 of the Eastern League Finals.
Noah Hall knocked in both runs for the Thunder, while former Tampa Yankee Matt Carson was 2-for-4 at the plate for New York farm team. MiLB.com
The International League Championship Series Game between the Durham Bulls and the Richmond Braves was postponed due to rain. The Bulls lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is slated for Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. MiLB.com