Sunday, June 1, 2008

Clinton battles - literally - past Beloit

Beloit Snappers,GCL Twins
Sure he can hit, but how's his right hook?

Beloit 6 at Clinton 8

W: C. Dennis (2-1, 0.54); L: S. Steedley (2-2, 2.35); SV: J. Quintero (1)
HR: CLI: M. Moreland (5).

The Clinton Lumber Kings used a 3-run 8th inning to rally past the Beloit Snappers and win, 8-6

Beloit had taken the lead early, with a 5-fun second inning. Steve Singleton would lead off with walk and Joe Benson's bunt moved him to second. Following a strike out to Chris Parmelee, Danny Lehmann hit into a force out that left runners at the corners. Ramon Santana then walked to load the bags. Ben Revere would double to dive in the lot, putting 3 runs on the board. Venice, Florida, native Chris Cates hit is own double, trading places with Revere. In what seemed like a 2-for-Tuesday double fest, Garrett Olson then hit for an extra base, bringing in Cates. Ozzie Lewis would fly out to end the inning, leaving the Snappers with a five run lead.

Mike McCardell worked four scoreless inning for the Snappers. Following a ground out to Jose Felix in the bottom of the fifth, Matt Lawson bunt his way onto first. Miguel Alfanzo would be called out on strikes, but Engel Beltre hit a fly ball single to center and Renny Osuna took a walk to load up the bags for Clinton. Mitchell Morland then hit a grand slam, his fith of the year, to put the Lumber Kings back in the game.

McCardell would finish up with 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2 over five innings. Loek Van Mil would take over for the sixth inning.

In the top of the 7th, Santana and Revere hit back to back singles. Cates moved the pair on a sac-bunt. Following a pitching change, Garrett Olson would reach on a fielder's choice that took Santana out at the plate. Ozzie Lewis then singled to bring in Revere giving the Snappers another run.

It would not last long however as Beltre and Osuna hit back-to-back singles. Nelson Prada would call for Spencer Steedley from the bullpen to try to stop the Lumber Kings, but he would give up a single to Moreland to load the bags. Ian Gac struck out swinging before Timonthy Smith ground into a force out that scored Beltre. That's all that Clinton would get though, despite a walk to Jonathan Green and a wild pitch by Steedley.

Lawson would draw a walk to start the 8th inning. Alfonzo and Beltre both singled to load the bags before Renny Osuna ground into a force out that caught Lawson at home, saving the run. Steve Hirschfield would come in to replace Steedley. And Ian Gac singled out left, an interference call to Cates, and a throwing error by Lewis brought in three runs. At which point all hell broke loose.

A brawl started out on the field and a number of players received ejections including Lewis, pitcher Charles Nolte, catcher Greg Yersich, Singleton, and Lehmann. Four Clinton players also saw themselves tossed from the field. The Midwest League will like impose further sanctions after the incident is reviewed.

Benson would end up catching the rest of the game and pitcher Matt Williams would be pressing into service as a right fielder to finish out the contest.

Revere was 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs and 3 RBIs, while Cates was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and a run scored.

The Snappers begin a four-game series against the Quad City River Bandits at home starting at 4:00 PM On Sunday.


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