Beloit 4 at Dayton 5
W: M. Klinker (5-4, 3.52); L: M. Tarsi (4-9, 5.50); SV: Z. Stewart (2)
Mike Tarsi allowed 5 runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out six to take the loss for the Beloit Snappers who could quite get enough out of their late inning rally to overcome the Dayton Dragons.
Ozzie Lewis doubled in the top of the 2nd and Andrew Schmiesing doubled him in one out later to put the Snappers on the board first. After that it would be all Dragons for a while.
Logan Parker doubled in the bottom of the stanza and, after Jason Bour was called out on strikes, Angel Cabrera singled him in.
The bottom of the third brought a double from Zach Cozart, who was driven in by Neftali Soto's line drive single to put the Dragons on top by one.
Devin Mesoraco doubled to lead off the bottom of the 4th, and Parker singled him to 3rd. Angel Cabrera's grounder to left brought in Mesoraco, and a walk to Brandon Menchaca loaded the bags. Cozart went down on strikes, Soto singled to drive in Parker and Cabrera, making it 5-1 Dayton.
Enerio Del Rosario replaced Matthew Klinker on the mound for the Dragons in the top of the 7th, and would take a couple of quick ground outs. Mark Dolenc singled then stole 2nd. A throwing error by Bour moved him to 3rd , while a second error, this one by Parker, allowed Jeanfred Brito to reach and Dolenc to score. Chris Cates and Ben Revere hit back-to-back singles to score first Brito and then Cates. Deibinson Romero would reach on a fielding error that also sent Revere to 3rd, but the Dragons brought in Henry Arias to get the last out and the Snappers would get no more.
Schmiesing would go 2-for-4 with a double and a run, while Cates and Revere were 2-for-5 each, Cates with a run and Revere with a run scored. Brito and Lewis were both 1-for-4 with a run, Lewis with a double and Brito with a walk. Dolenc finished up 1-for-3 with a run.
That does it as the Dragons sweep the series. The Snappers now take a day off for MLB's All-Star game. They return to action on Wednesday at Pohlman Field, where they will host the West Michigan Whitecaps for a 3-game series. First pitch is due out at 7:00 PM.
Greeneville 3 at Elizabethton 5
W: B. Tippett (5-1, 1.66); L: H. Villar (1-2, 4.66)
HR: ELI: J. Waltenbury (3).
The Elizabethton Twins were back in the win column, thanks in part to a stellar effort by Aussie starter Brad Tippett, who worked seven innings, scattering 6 hits and walk while striking out 8.
Jon Waltenbury got things started off when he when yard out to right center field, his 3 of the year, in the bottom of the first inning.
Adam Severino took a walk to open the bottom of the 3rd, and James Beresford singled. Dominic De La Osa singled to drive in Severino, while Beresford came home on a balk.
Juan Richardson singled in the bottom of the fourth and was plated by Angel Morales follow up double.
Patrick Urckfitz would replaces Henry Villar in the bottom of the sixth, and would still be on the mound in the seventh when Morales reached on a throwing error, then advanced to 2nd on a balk. Severino would go down on strikes, but Beresford drew a walk. De La Osa ground into a force out that took Morales out at 3rd, but Nick Romero's line drive would plate Beresford for the E-Twins five.
Danny Rondon worked the 8th for the E-Twins and gave way to Mark Hamburger in the 9th. With one out on the board, Hamburger gave up walks to Kody Hinze and Ebert Romero. Federico Hernandez ground into a force out that took Rosario out at 2nd, but a wild pitch by Hamburger advanced Hernandez. Devon Torrence then walked to fill the bases. Kyle Miller walked, forcing in a run, while Jose Alluve singled to plate two more. Hamburger finally got Ricardo Bonfante to pop put to end the contest.
Everyone in the line up had at least a single, except for Sevarino. No one had a multi-hit games.
The two teams rematch tomorrow with the first pitch due at 7:00 PM, one of the very few games being played on All-star Tuesday.
For the Birds Blog
Elizabethton's Shooter Hunt was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the week ended July 13. Hunt made the most of his five innings against Johnson City Friday, striking out 10 Cardinals and allowing no hits in his second start of the season. Hunt is still working on his endurance, but he hasn't done too badly as a starter, as he's yet to give up a hit in eight innings while recording 16 strikeouts.