Monday, June 2, 2008

Olson's grand slam helps Beloit power past River Bandits

Beloit Snappers

Quad Cities 5 at Beloit 10

W: D. Berlind (4-4, 4.11); L: J. Wilson (1-1, 4.98); SV: M. Williams (5)
HR: BEL: G. Olson (3).

In case your missed it, Quad Cities is once again the River Bandits, having reverted back to their old name. Evidently, the Swing of Quad Cities was just not hip enough. It also appears that Rookie Racoon is back at work again and that Clyde has been giving his walking papers.

In any case, Beloit used a 7-run third inning ot take a huge lead from the River Bandits and hung onto it, going on to win, 10-5.

Danny Berlind picked up the win, despite giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks while striking out 1 over five innings. Just last week I was thinking he might be ready for a promotion. Now I need to re-evaluate that thinking.

The River Bandits took an early lead in the first inning when Adron Chambers doubled. Mike Foli would hit a single to center to plate him, and then advanced to 3rd on a throwing error by Ben Revere. One out later, Francisco Rivera singled to bring in Foli. I believe that should be an unearned run, then, and someone needs to fix the line score.

Ramon Santana doubled to start out the bottom of the 3rd, and Revere walked. Chris Cates singled to load the bags before Garrett Olson hit one over the left field fence for a Grand Slam Home run. Ozzie Lewis took a walk and Steve Singleton's line drive moved him to 2nd. Joe Benson's line drive to center brought Lewis in and also lead to a pitching change for the Snappers, with Dylan Gonzalez replacing the hard hit Joshua Wailson. Gonzalez would get Parmelee to line out before Greg Yersich singled to load the bags again. Back at the top of the order, Santana would knock a line drive to left that plated Singleton and Benson. Yersich would be taken out at 2nd when he was caught off the base. Santana then stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a throwing error by Luis De La Cruz. Revere would ground out to end the inning.

Quad Cities would answer back - sort of - in the top of the 4th when Jose Garcia singled and was plated by a Chambers triple. Foli would then sacrifice in Chambers, but despite a double to Rivera, it was all the Bandits could take in that inning.

Beloit regained the two in the bottom of the fifth when Benson walked, then scored on a Parmelee triple. Yersich would reach on a fielding error before Santana would sacrifice in Parmelee. Cates would ground into a force out that took Yersich out at 3rd and Olson would fly out to end the stanza.

Danny Hernandez took over from Berlind in the top of the 5th, and allowed walks to Chambers and Foli as he once again struggled to find the strike zone. Charles Kingrey and Rivera both popped out before Nicholas People and Domnit Boliviar drew walks to force in a run. Neslon Prada had seen enough at that point and brought Aussie reliever Matt Williams in to get the final out.

In the bottom of the 8th, Garrett Olson would reach on a fielding error and progress to 2nd on the same play. Ozzie Lewis then hit a line drive to center to bring in Olson for the final run of the game.

Lewis was 3-for-4 in the contest with a walk, a run and a run scored. Benson was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs, plus a run scored. Santana was 3-for-3 with a run and 3 RBIs. Singleton and Parmelee were both 2-for-5 with a run each. Parmelee also had an RBI.

Game two of the four-game series is on for Monday night at Pohlman field. Brian Broderick (2-3, 3.88) is probable for the River Bandits, while the Snappers will counter with Brian Kirwan (3-3, 5.13).

River Bandits

From the Midwest League Notebook by Stephanie Storm:

Beloit Snappers (Minnesota Twins)

THE SEASON SO FAR: The Snappers are 29-26 and are tied with Quad Cities for third place in the Western Division.

WHO'S HOT: IF Ramon Santana is batting .444 (12-for-27) over his last nine games with a home run and six RBIs. In 45 games this season he's hitting .270 (37-for-137) with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs and 12 RBIs. ... OF Ben Revere continues to swing a scorching bat, hitting .463 (19-for-41) with a home run and nine RBIs over his last 10 games. In 31 games this season, he's batting a team-high .427 (56-for-131) with 11 doubles, five triples and 20 RBIs.

WHO'S NOT: OF Mark Dolenc is batting just .222 (2-for-9) over his last six games to drop his season average to .214 (25-for-117) with 29 strikeouts in 42 games.

DID YOU KNOW: IF Garrett Olson is batting just .200 (7-for-35) over his last 10 games but has 11 RBIs over that span.

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