Sunday, May 18, 2008

Beloit outslugs Chiefs

Beloit Snappers,GCL Twins

Peoria 8 at Beloit 9

W: B. Erickson (1-3, 3.52); L: D. Sasser (0-4, 1.42)
HR: None.

The Beloit Snappers won a slug fest Saturday, pounding out 18 hits for 9 runs to overcome the Peoria Chiefs, 9-8. To a certain extend however, the Snappers were their own worst enemy, putting five errors on the board.

Santos Arias, who pitched last season for the GCL Twins, took the start, and worked 5.2 innings. He'd give up 5 runs - only three earned - on 6 hits and two walks while striking out 4.

Arias walked Jovan Rosa to start the second inning. He then got Cliff Anderson out on strikes, but Rosa would steal 2nd. Marquez Smith then doubled out to left to drive in Rosa. A fly ball single by Mario Mercedes brought in Smith. Mercedes would try to stretch the hit for a double, but was taken out at 2nd base.

The Snappers would take one back in the bottom of the 3rd. Mark Dolenc took a walk, then stole 2nd. Ben Revere's single moved Dolenc to 3rd and Chris Cate's ground ball bunt would score the Beloit left fielder.

Following back-to-back strike outs to Chris Parmelee and Joe Benson in the 4th, Steve Singleton would triple his way on to the bags. Danny Lehman's fly ball to center served ot plate him. Greg Yersich then doubled to score Lehmann, giving Beloit the lead.

It would a short lived one however, as Nate Samson reached on a throwing error by Snappers 3rd baseman Garrett Olson. Josh Donaldson and Rosa then hit back-to-back doubles off Santos. Rosa's would drive in two. He would try to make it to 3rd, but Benson rifled the ball in from right to get allow Olson to get the tag on Rosa.

The Daytona Cubs-to-be then added another point in the top of the 6th, with Anderson doubling. He'd move to 3rd on Smith's ground out. Mercees reached on a fielder's choice that had Anderson out at home. It would also take Arias out of the game, as Matt Williams came into replace the Dominican Republic native.

With one out on the board in the bottom of the sixth, Yersich singled. Revere and Cates then drew back-to-back walks to load the bags. Olson singled to drive in two to tie up the game again.

In the bottom of the 8th with Steve Vento on the mound for the Cubs affiliate, Benson would double, then cross the plate on a Singlton line drive to left to give Beloit the lead. That one run would prove to be the difference in the contest.

Following a Samson fly out, Donaldson would single out to center, and Rosa would reach on a throwing error by Ramon Santana. Donaldson would score on the play when Lehmann added his own throwing error. Anderson then singled to dive in Rosa. Blair Erickson would be brought to the mound to relieve Spencer Steedley, issuing a walk to Smith. A Mercedes single out to center would score Anderson, giving the Chief's eight runs on the board.

Dustin Sasser was told to close the game for the Chiefs, but Santana took a single off of him to start out the bottom of the stanza. Dolenc then reached on a force attempt that was foiled on a throwing error by Rosa. Revere's bunt single moved the pair around and loaded the bases. Cates would ground into a double play that plated Santana, and Olson would then double to bring in Dolenc. Pamelee's line drive to center would bring in Anderson, giving the Snappers the win and ending the contest.

Revere was 3-for-4 with a pair of walks and a run. Dolenc was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and 3 runs. Singleton was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Olson was 3-for-6 with a run and 3 RBIs. Cates would go 2-for-5 with a RBI, and Parmelee would finish up 2-for-6 with an RBI.

The Snappers look for a sweep today at 2:00 PM central at Pohlman Field.

P.J. Star

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