Beloit 6 at Fort Wayne 1
W: M. McCardell (6-2, 2.72); L: J. McBryde (3-6, 5.15)
HR: BEL: O. Lewis (4).
Mike McCardell pitched 7 innings of shut out baseball, scattering a pair of hits and a walk while striking out 9 to lead the Beloit Snappers to a 6-1 win over the Fort Wayne Wizards.
Chris Cates singled the the top of the fourth, right before Wizard's starter Jeremy McBryde hit Ben Revere with a pitch. Cates moved to 3rd on Deibinson Romero's fly out, which allowed the speedy Revere to steal 2nd. Rene Leverett's fly ball single to right drove the pair in to give the Snappers two.
That would be all they'd need with McCardell on the mound, but the Snappers helped themselves to a few more, just in case.
Mark Dolenc singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Estarlin De Los Santos went down on strikes before Jeanfred Brito singled to third. Cates would then hit a fly ball to right that drove in Dolenc and moved Brito to 3rd. He'd score off Revere's grounder to center, making it 4-0 Beloit.
Colt Hynes joined the game for the Wizards in the top of the sixth, and would get Leverett out on strikes and Ozzie Lewis to fly out before Greg Yersich belted a double. Dolenc's single to center would put Yerich over the plate to make it 5-0. Lewis would go yard in the top of the eighth to finish off the scoring for the Snappers.
Blake Martin replaced McCardell for the 8th and was greeted with a single by Yefri Carvajal. Andrew Parrino reached on a force attempt when Brito missed the catch. Martin would then get Luis Martinez to fly out and Brad Chalk to pop out before Robert Perry's single scored Carvajal for the Wizard's lone run.
Charles Nolte allowed a pair of singles in the bottom of the 9th, but kept the Wizards off the board, getting Parrino out on strikes to end the contest.
Cates, Lewis and Dolenc were all 2-for-4 with a run and a run scored in the contest.
The two teams rematch Friday night for a 6:00 PM Firework's game at Memorial Stadium. Wizard Wynn Pelzer (7-3, 3.16) will make his 15th start of the season for Fort Wayne, while David Bromberg (5-6, 5.42) goes to the mound for the Snappers.
Kingsport at Elizabethton - Suspended
The Appalachian League game between the Elizabethton Twins and the Kingsport Mets was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a double header on July 26th. The first game will start at 6:00 PM with the second game starting about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first. Both games will be 7 innings in length.
The Twins travel to Johnson City to face the J.C. Cardinals on Friday, with the first pitch set for 7:00 PM