Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pitching staff faulters against T-Rattlers

Ben Revere

Wisconsin 12 at Beloit 6

W: E. Paredes (6-9, 4.76); L: S. Arias (5-4, 3.44)
HR: None.

Santos Arias would give up 5 runs, earned on 8 hits and walk, striking out 2, and would not make it out of the fifth inning, as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers bit the Beloit Snappers for a 12-6 win.

Beloit would take an early lead with Jeanfred Brito doubling and Chris Cates singling off Rattler's starter Edward Paredes. Ben Revere then doubled Brito in, while a Juan Richardson single would plate Cates. Mark Dolenc ground out, scoring Revere. Solarte would ground out as well, and Allan De San Miguel struck out end the inning.

Things were looking good, early on.

Maximon Mendez singled in the top of the 3rd, and moved to 3rd on a Daniel Carroll fly ball single to right. Carroll then stole 2nd. Edilio Colina sacrificed in Mendez, but Carroll would be left stranded when Denny Almonte ground out.

Joseph Dunigan singled with one out in the top of the fourth, then stole 2nd. Juan Diaz took a walk, and Joe White singled to plate Dunigan. Isreal Nunez would be hit by a pitch, but Mendez popped out and Carroll ground out to prevent Wisconsin from tying the game.

Sadly, they'd do more than tie. Colina and Almonte took back-to-back singles off Arias before Liddi went down on strikes. Dunigan singled in Colina, which also lead to a pitch change. Henry Reyes would take over for Arias. Dunigan would steal 2nd then move to 3rd on a balk. Diaz singled him in and advanced to second on another balk. Joe White took a walk before Danny Hernandez was brought in to try to stop the Rattlers. He'd walk Nunez and Mendez, forcing in a run, and hit Carrol with a pitch to bring in another. Colina would pop out, but a wild pitch scored Nunez. Hernandez then walked Almonte before getting Liddi out on strikes.

Revere would single then steal 2nd, advancing to 3rd on a throwing error by Dunigan. A fielding error by Diaz allowed Juan Richardson to reach and Revere to score, but the game was 8-4 in favor of Wisconsin.

The teams exchanged sixth inning runs with Joe White singling in Diaz, and Brito tripling in De Lo. Wisconsin would lose Dunigan to an injury, but it did not stop the Rattlers offense.

Chris Anderson would allow a single to Meneses in the top of the 8th, and Diaz would reach on Anderson's throwing error during a force attempt. White and Nunez both singled to plate the pair, and Mendez would be hit by a pitch to load the bags. Carroll would walk to force in a run before Colina ground into a double play that took Nunez out at home. Almonte then ground out to retire the Snappers.

Cates, Revere and Richardson would all single in the bottom of the ninth, to give the Snappers one more run, but Dolenc would fly out and Solarte ground into a force out to end the contest.

Revere was 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of runs, and a RBI to lead the Snappers offense. Brito, Cates and Richardson were all 2-for-5 with Brito taking a run and an RBI, Cates a pair of runs, and Richardson 3 runs scored. De Lo was 1-for-4 with a run to round out the hitting.

The Midwest League takes a day off on Tuesday. The Snappers head over to Indiana to take on the South Bend Silverhawks on Wednesday for a 3-game set. First pitch is set of 7:00 PM.

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The Snappers lost more than just the game, as Ozzie Lewis was moved onto the DL with a wrist injury that has been bothering him all season. Drafted by the Twins in the 21st round of the 2007 draft, Lewis was named Appalachian League Player of the Year last season while a member of the Elizabethton Twins. Ozzie earned the award after hitting .323 with 18 doubles, nine home runs and 50 RBIs.

He has hit just .214 with four homers and 23 RBIs in 59 games for the Snappers this season, while trying to play through the nagging injury. (Snappers)

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