Sunday, June 22, 2008

Beloit tops Peoria in 10, heads to Clinton

Beloit Snappers

Beloit 4 at Peoria 1

W: S. Steedley (3-3, 2.13) L: J. Mueller (0-1, 8.10)
HR: BEL: J. Benson (4).

A Sac-fly by Estarlin De Los Santos drove in MarK Dolenc for the game winning run in the 10th inning Sunday as the Beloit Snappers overcame the Peoria Chiefs, 4-1. It would what happened next that would be most memorable.

Dolenc and Allan de San Miguel had hit back-to-back singles that put runners at the corners. With the Aussie catcher still on the bags, Joe Benson then hit his fourth home run of the season to add a pair of insurance runs to the total.

It would be a tight game through out. Jonathan Wyatt singled for the Chiefs off Snappers starter Steve Hirschfeld. He'd then steal 2nd and advance to 3rd on a throwing error by catcher Greg Yersich. Nate Samson then singled to bring him home to put the Chiefs ahead.

The Snappers answered back immediately, with Ozzie Lewis singling, then moving to 2nd on a throwing error by Peoria starter Robert Hernandez on the pick off attempt. Newcomer Eric Santiago then singled to drive Lewis in, tying up the score.

It would stay that way for the rest of regulation. Hirschfeld would give up 7 hits and 1 walks while fanning one. The one walk was earned despite the error by Yersich. Chris Anderson replaced him in the sixth, with the lefty allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. Charles Nolte worked the next 1.2 innings, walking the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th before Spencer Steedley came in to get Luis Baulista out at home on a fielder's choice.

He would still be on the mound when Benson went BOOM, earning the win while striking out 3.

Working as a designed hitter, de San Miguel would go 2-for-3 in the game with a double and a run. Benson, Chris Cates and Lewis were all 1-for-5, while Santiago and Yersich went 1-for-4. Dolenc was 1-for-3 with a walk.

The Snappers stay on the road, heading over to Clinton for a four-game series against the first half champion Lumber Kings. The first game is slated for a 7:00 PM start.


The Snappers announced Sunday that shortstop Eric Santiago has joined the team on the road. He had been playing with the Elizabethton Twins. The 6'0" tall, 185 lb, native of Puerto Rico went 1-for-8 at the plate for a .111 batting average in 3 games so far this season with the Appy League E-Twins.

Meanwhile, oft-injured shortstop Paul Kelly heads to the 7-day disabled list effective Saturday, June 21st, with a strained right hamstring. In two games with the Snappers this season Kelly has four hits in six at-bat. (Snappers)

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