Cedar Rapids 8 at Beloit 5
W: R. Fish (7-2, 4.86); L: S. Hirschfeld (5-2, 2.72); SV: T. Kiely (1)
Things were not a poppin' for the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field, as the Cedar Rapid Kernels downed the home town team, 8-5.
Steve Hirschfeld lasted only 3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Andrew Romine singled with one out on the field and Hector Estrella walked. Following a fly out to Efren Navarro, Jay Brossman doubled to drive in the pair of runners. Clay Fuller took a walk before Julio Perez ground ball single plated Brossman to give Cedar Rapids a 3-0 lead out of the gate.
Tyler Johnson doubled in the top of the 2nd, moved to 3rd on a Ryan Groth single and come home when Romaine hit into a double play.
The Snappers would answer back this time, with Ozzie Lewis doubling, then moving to 3rd on Eric Santiago's ground out. Greg Yersich would then double in Lewis.
Henry Reyes would work the 4th for the Snappers and be on the mound in the top of the fifth when Brossman hit his 22nd double out to center. After Fuller went down on strikes, Julio Perez would double Brossman in.
Trailing badly, Greg Yersich singled in the bottom of the 7th and Allan de San Miguel took a walk. Mark Dolenc then singled to load the bags. Leonardo Calderon would replace Kernels' starter Robert Fish and would get Estarlin De Los Santos out on strikes. Chris Cates would ground into a force out, which scored Yersich.
With two outs on the board, Santiago singled in the bottom of the 8th, then ended up on 3rd due to a throwing error by Calderon. Yersich would then take a walk and de San Miguel would reach on a fielder's choice as the Kernels tried to make a play at the plate. No luck, as Santiago scored. Tim Kiely replaced Calderon on the mound and allowed a single to Dolenc that brought in Yersich before getting the final out.
Chris Anderson would allowed back to back singles to Navarro and Brossman. Fuller would be taken out on a bunt pop out and Julio Perez on strikes. The pair of runners then orchestrated a double steal. Ariel De Los Santos singled to plate Navarro and Brossman, while Johnson's double brought in De Los Santos. That finished it up for the Kernels, but the Snappers were in a big hole with one inning left to play.
Ben Revere would single a line drive out to center with one out on the board, but Deibinson Romero ground into a force out. Ozzie Lewis then doubled in Romero, but Santiago would ground out to end the game.
Yersich was 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of runs and a RBI. Lewis was 2-for-4 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Dolenc was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Joe Benson has a stress fracture in his back, something he has been battling for over a month. Chris Parmelee, the team's home run and RBI leader, injured his wrist while running into the wall during the team's recent road trip. Both will be out of the Snappers line up for at least a month.
Reinforcements are due as well, but Jair Fernandez, Ramon Santana and Paul Kelly are all injured as well, while Santiago, who had a minor injury to his hand, was able to play.
Johnson City 14 at Elizabethton 4
W: B. Zawacki (1-1, 4.22); L: D. Berlind (1-1, 10.13)
HR: JCY: C. Smith 2 (4), N. Vasquez (2). ELI: A. Soto (4).
Danny Berlind lasted only 2-1 innings allowing 11 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks. He'd strike out four. Omar Alcala would replace him on the mound and would give up another 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out three.
Elizabethton actually out hit the Redbirds, but could not convert get them in clumps, leaving 8 man stranded during the game.
Jon Waltenbury would double in the bottom of the fourth and Mike Harrington would draw a walk. A wild pitch moved the pair. Danny Rams would single to plate Waltenbury and another wild pitch would put Rams at 2nd. Angel Morales would strike out swinging, but Alex Soto then blasted his 4th home run of the season over the right field wall.
That would be all the scoring for the E-Twins though.
Rams and James Beresford were both 2-for-3, Rams with a run and a run batted in. Morales was 2 for 4. Everyone else had at lead a single with Waltenbury and Papasan knocking doubles.
The Twins host the Cardinals on Saturday for a 7:00 PM game before heading out on the road to face the Burlington Royals.
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