Wisconsin 2 at Beloit 7
W: S. Hirschfeld (6-2, 2.64); L: K. Meyer (0-3, 4.79)
Steve Hirschfeld scattered four hits and a walk over 7 innings and struck out 8, holding the visiting Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to only one run, to lead the Beloit Snappers to a 7-2 win.
Daniel Carroll singled of Hirschfeld and stole 2nd to open up the game. Edilio Colina moved him on a sac-bunt and one out later Ronald Garth singled to plate him. A fielding error by Ben Revere put Garth to on 2nd, and Joseph Dunigan took a walk, but Hirschfeld got Juan Diaz to fly out to center to retire the T-Rattlers.
The bottom of the third saw Andrew Schmiesing single, then move to 2nd on Estarlin De Los Santos sac bunt. Chris Cates would be called out on strikes, but a Ben Revere single saw Schmiesing score to tie up the game.
Keith Meyer would replace Brett Lorin in the bottom of the sixth for Wisconsin and the Snappers took advantage of the pitching change. Ben Revere and Juan Richardson lead off with back-to-back singles. Mark Dolenc would then get plunked by a pitch to load up the bags. A Jeanfred Brito single scored Revere before Greg Yersich went down on strikes. Allan de San Miguel got hit by a pitch to load up the bags again. The Timber Rattlers got Natividad Dilone out of the bullpen to get the out of the jam, but he'd walk Schmiesing to force in a run before getting De Lo to ground into a double play.
In the bottom of the 7th, Chris Cates would single, moved to second on Revere's sac bunt and to 3rd on balk. Juan Richardson then sacrificed him in to add another run to the Snappers total, for a 5-1 advantage.
Brito and Yersch opened up the bottom of the 8th with back-to-back walks while Dilone walked back to the dugout and Jeff Dunbar took his place on the mound. Dirty's sac-bunt advanced the runners and a sac-fly by Schmiesing brought in Brito. De Lo then singled to plate Yersich to end Beloit's offense for the game.
Danny Hernandez worked one inning of relief, walking 2 and striking out 2. He'd be replaced by Charles Nolte at the top of the 9th. Notle would hit Garth with a pitch, and Alex Meneses came into run for the T-Rattlers designated hitter. A Dunigan single and a Diaz ground out plated Meneses for a brief T-Rattlers rally. Notle then got Alex Liddi and Isreal Nunez to ground out, ending the contest.
Revere and Brito finished up 2-for-3 with a run and run scored each. Richardson, Dolence and Yersich were all 1-for-3 with a run, Richardson with a RBI and Dolenc with a walk. Schmiesing was 1-for-2 with a walk, a run and 2 RBIs, and De Lo finished up 1-for-4 with a run scored. Cates was 1-for-5 with a run.
Game two of the series is Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. Mike Tarsi (4-9, 5.50) will throw out the first pitch while the T-Rattlers will throw Jake Wild (3-6, 4.45) at the Snappers.
Beloit remains in the hunt for a second half playoff berth. They have a 17-11 record and are 1.5 games behind division leading Peoria and 2 games ahead of Cedar Rapids. Revere continues to lead the team batting wise, followed by Rene Leveret.