West Michigan 3 at Beloit 5
W: S. Arias (5-3, 3.08); L: T. Weber (0-2, 4.24); SV: C. Anderson (2)
HR: WMI: K. Kaiser (5). BEL: D. Romero (3).
Billed as the rematch of last year's finals series, it was good to see the Beloit Snappers get back on the winning track against Lakeland Tigers to be - West Michigan.
Thad Weber took the mound for the Detroit farm while Twins prospect Santos Arias handled the pitching for the Snappers. Both kept the opponent off the board through the first two innings.
In the top of the 3rd, Brandon Douglas singled with one out on the board, then moved to 3rd on a throwing error by Arias on the pick off attempt. Keith Stein would take a walk before Justin Henry ground into a force out that scored Douglas and took out Stein. Henry would to 2nd on a throwing error by Santos. The Twins young Dominican then unleashed a wild pitch that saw Henry try to come home but he'd be nabbed at the plate, retiring the side.
After Greg Yersich flew out to center, Andrew Schmiesing's line drive got him on board. Mark Dolenc singled to move Schmiesing to 2nd, and Jeanfred Brito would reach on a force attempt. The Whitecaps tried to catch Schmiesing, but to no avail, as he would score to tie up the game. Estarlin De Lo Santos ground into a force out that took down Brito and scored Dolenc. De Lo would advance to 2nd on a throwing error, but Ben Revere flew out to end the inning.
Kody Keiser took a home run off Arias in the top of the 4th to tie up the game again. His fifth of the season went over the left field fence.
Deibinson Romero then homered over the left field wall to take the lead back for the Snappers. Rene Leveret singled and, after Ramon Santana went down on strikes, Yersich would lace a line drive double to center. Allan de San Miguel would come into the game to run for Leveret, and a wild pitch by Weber scored the Aussie catcher. Schmiesing then sacrificed Yersich in. Dolenc would single before Emmanuel Miguelez replace Weber on the mound, getting Brito to pop out to end the inning.
Arias worked six innings allowing 2 runs, earned, on 5 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 9. Mike Allen worked the next two innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 2.
Craig Anderson would be on the mound for the ninth inning when Henry singled, then came home on Kaiser's double to give the Whitecaps one more. They would still end up a couple shy as Tucker went down on strikes to end the contest.
Dolenc finished off 2-for-3 with a run while Romero was 2-for-4 with a run and a run batted in. Leveret and Schmiesing each had a single, while Yersch was 1-for-4 with a double and a run.
Game two of the three-game series is Thursday at 7:00 on an Applebee's Kids Club Day.
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Greeneville 6 at Elizabethton 4
W: C. Pitkin (2-0, 1.61); L: L. Martin (2-2, 6.00)
HR: GRE: K. Hinze (4). ELI: D. Rams (3).
Shooter Hunt worked a nice six innings, allowing 2 runs, one earned on a pair of hits while striking out - get this - 12. That's right - 12 strike outs and NO walks. Sadly, Hunt wasn't enough to get this game done as the Elizabethton Twins bullpen gave it up to the Greeneville Astros.
James Austin would reach on a throwing error by James Beresford, then stole 2nd and 3rd. A throwing error by catcher Jeff Lanning, who was attempting to catch him stealing allowing Austin to score. (Good going guys, way to support Shooter!)
The Twins would not tie it up until the bottom of the fifth, when Evan Bigley doubled off Austin starter Jose Trinidad, then moved to 3rd on Juan Richardson's ground out. Lanning would single one out later to score Bigley.
Greeneville responded in the top of the sixth with Jose Altuve doubling with one out on the board. A wild pitch by Hunt moved Altuve to 3rd and a second wild pitch would allow Altuve to score. Hunt just managed to miss the rare four-strike out inning when he got Ebert Rosario to ground into a force out to end it.
Jon Waltenbury doubled out to center off Trinidad, then came home on a Michael Herrington single. Bigley ground into a force out that nabbed Harrington at 2nd, then proceeded to steal 2nd. A throwing error by Astro's catcher Carlos Mojica allowed Bigley to advance to 3rd. Richardson would sacrifice him in, putting the E-Twins on top again.
Thom Wright replaced Hunt in the top of the 7th, and following a ground out to Devon Torrence, walked Carlos Mojica. Jorge De Leon singled and Wright would plunk Wilton Infante with a pitch to load the bags. Kyle Carr would come into take over from Wright, and walked Jay Austin to force in a run, tying the game. Lee Martin then stepped up to the mound and got Altuve to fly out and Frank Almonte to ground out to retire the Astros.
Colton Pitkin replaced Trinidad on the mound in the bottom of the stanza and after giving up a single to Lanning, induced Beresford to hit into a double play. He'd then take Dominic De La Osa out on strikes to end the inning.
Kyle Miller walked off Martin in the top of the 8th and would be replaced by Albert Cartwright as a pinch-runner. Cartwright then stole 2nd. Rosaro's single to right plated Cartwright. Rosario would then steal 2nd, and Torrence would take a walk. Mojica's sac-bunt advanced the runners but Rosario would be taken down at the plate, allowing Jorge De Leon to reach on a fielder's choice. A throwing error by Alex Soto on the pick off attempt moved Torrence to 3rd. Infante took a walk and a passed ball by Soto allowed Torrence to score. Steve Blevins would come in to replace Martin and unleashed a wild pitch that send De Leon to 3rd and Infante to 2nd. They'd be stranded there, as Austin ground out to first.
Kody Hinze homered in the top of the 9th, and Danny Rams did the same for the E-Twins in the bottom of the inning, but the Twins bats could not over come the 2-run deficit from the 8th inning.
Lanning was 2-for-3 with a RBI, Waltenbury was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Harrington was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Beresford was the one hit wonder of the game going 1-for-3 at the plate. Bigley and Rams were both 1-for-4, Bigley with a double and a pair of runs, and Rams with the home run (1 R, 1 RBI).
The E-Twins finish up the 3 game series 1-2, and host the Pulaski Mariners for a 3 game series starting on Thursday at 7:00 PM.