Beloit 6 at Fort Wayne 7
W: R. Woodard (3-4, 3.25); L: D. Hernandez (0-1, 7.71); SV: J. Quezada (16)
HR: FTW: A. Parrino (6), L. Zawadzki (3).
Reliever Danny Hernandez gave up 5 runs - 4 in the sixth inning - on four hits and a walk while striking out 2 to give the Fort Wayne Wizards a lead the Beloit Snappers could not overcome. Fort Wayne would take the game, 7-6.
It had been a close contest up until that point.
The Snappers got on the board first with Allan de San Miguel taking a walk in the top of the 3rd. Andrew Schmiesing reached on a force attempt and Mark Dolenc out reach on a fielder's choice that did not see any of the runners taken down. with the bags loaded, Jeanfred Brito ground into a force out. Dirty would attempt to go home, but would be taken down at the plate. Chris Cates ground out would score Schmiesing however, before Ben Revere ground out to retire the side.
Mike Tarsi took the start for Beloit and the lefty would allow a triple to Lance Zawadzki with one out on the board. Justin Baum sacrificed him in to tie up the game.
Deibinson Romero took a walk to lead off the top of the fourth, then moved to 3rd on a Rene Leverett single. After Ozzie Lewis went down on strikes, Dirty would sacrifice in Romero to give the Snappers 2.
Doubles by Luis Martinez and Robert Perry in the bottom of the stanza lead to a tied game again.
The Snappers took the lead in the 5th, with Dolenc singling and moving to second on Brito's sac bunt. Cates then singled in Dolenc.
They'd add to it in the top of the sixth with Leveret singling off reliever Brandon Gomes. Lewis would ground into a force out, but Dirty's fly ball single got Lewis to 2nd, and Schmiesing would bat him to 3rd with a fly ball single to left. Dolenc ground out with the bases loaded to plate Lewis, but Brito then ground out as well to end the Snappers' chances.
Hernandez, just a year out of surgery, allowed a single to Felix Carrasco, walked Lewis Martinez and gave up a single to Luis Durango. Robert Perry would pop out, but Zawadski would launch a ball over the right field fence for a grand slam giving the Wizards a 2-run lead. Andrew Parrino would also homer in the bottom of the 7th, to extend the lead to three runs.
With Jackson Quezada on the hill for the Wizards in the ninth and two outs on board, back-to-back singles to Cates and Revere gave the Snappers some hope. Romero then single to bring in Cates, and Leveret's single drove in Revere, but Lewis would ground out, ending the contest with the Snappers still down by one and the tying run on base.
Dirty finished up 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, Leveret was 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Romero was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run and a RBI. Cates would go 2-for-5 with a run and a pair of RBIs.
Tarsi worked 5 allowing 2 runs, earned, on six hits and 3 walks while while striking out 2. Chris Anderson pitched the 8th for the Snappers, striking out 1.
The two teams rematch Thursday.
Kingsport 4 at Elizabethton 5
W: C. Leavitt (3-1, 4.91); L: P. Orta (0-2, 0.90); SV: M. Hamburger (3)
HR: ELI: M. Harrington (5), E. Bigley (3), J. Lanning (2).
The Elizabethton Twins saw three different players go yard to secure a 5-4 win over the Kingsport Mets in game one of a double header at Joe O'Brien Stadium.
The Mets opened up the scoring, when Stefan Welch singled with 2 outs on the board, moved to 2nd on a wild pitch by Danny Berlind, then came home on a Charles Doyle ground ball single to center.
Imbewer Alvarez walked in the top of the fifth and was doubled in by Justin Garber to make it 2-0 Mets. Elizabethton would answer back however, with Evan Bigley going yard over the left field wall, his 3rd of the season for the E-Twins.
Joshua Satin singled off Berlind in the top of the 5th, then moved to 3rd on a wild pitch. Berlind would get Pedro Zapata out on strikes before giving up a single to Rafael Fernandez that scored Satin. Fernendez would steal 2nd and, following a strike out by Alvarez, came home on a Garber line drive to center. Curtis Leavitt would replace Berlind at that point, with the struggling starter giving up 4 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings. He would strike out 9 however, an interesting contrast in his performance.
The bottom of the fifth saw Nick Romero single with one out on the board. Erik Turgeon would replace starter John Holdzkom on the mound. He'd attempt a pick off on Romero, but a throwing error cost him as the Twins runner advanced to 2nd. A wild pitch then moved Romero to 3rd. John Waltnebury would double to score Romero. One out later, Mike Harrington hit his 5th for Elizabethton over the right center field fence to tie up the game.
Jeff Lanning's blast in the bottom of the sixth put the Twins on top, his second of the year coming off Mets reliever Phillips Orta.
Mark Hamburger would allow a double to Satin in the seventh but induced Rafael Fernandez to hit into a double play that took Satin down at home to end the contest.
Harrington was the only Twin with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a run and pair of runs scored. Romero was 1-for-4 with a a single and run, but struck out 3 times. Designated hitter Danny Rams also found three strikes, going 0-for-3 at the plate.
Kingsport 1 at Elizabethton 3
W: B. Tippett (4-1, 2.03); L: R. Batis (1-1, 4.82)
HR: KNG: D. McNulty (1). ELI: A. Soto (6).
Brad Tippett worked all seven inning in game two, picking up his fourth win of the season while allowing 1 run, earned, on a pair of hits while striking out 4. Douglas McNulty hit a solo-shot home run off the Twin's Aussie starter in the top of the 3rd inning, his first of the year of the K-Mets.
Alex Soto hit his six of the year for the E-Twins in the bottom of the 2nd. Angel Morales followed it up with a strike out, but Adam Severino took a walk, then advanced to 2nd on a balk. Nat Hanson then singled Severino in to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
Elizabethton picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when Morales singled with 2 outs on the board, then stole 2nd. Severino then singled him in with a line drive to left. The E-Twins would load the bases before Dominic De La Osa struck out to end the scoring threat.
Juan Richardson and Jon Waltenbury were the only two Twins to go without at least a single in the game. Soto's homer was the only extra base hit, and Severino had the only walk in the contest.
The teams rematch Thursday as Elizabethton looks for a sweep before heading over to Johnson City for face the Cardinals. Game time is 7:00 PM.