July 24, 2007 - Midwest League (MWL) - Great Lakes Loons
BELOIT, WI - The Beloit Snappers scored six runs in the bottom half of the 12th inning to counter a five-run top half and defeat the Great Lakes Loons in a wild, 12-11 affair Tuesday afternoon. The four-hour, 19 minute game - the longest of the season for the Loons in both innings and time - was played before 1,807, many of whom left Pohlman Field long before the game\'s conclusion.
With the game tied 6-6, the Loons erupted for five runs in the top half of the 12th. Juan Apodaca gave the Loons their first lead since the eighth inning with a solo homer. Juan Rivera\'s single added another run. Matt Berezay followed with a two-run homerun. Then Tommy Giles belted his second homer of the game to give the Loons an 11-6 advantage.
By that point in the game, the Loons were out of available relief pitchers. James Peterson had been summoned in from right field to pitch in the 11th after David Pfeiffer experienced arm troubles after just 1/3 of an inning. Peterson struck out both men he faced in the 11th, but with a five-run lead, Peterson ran into control problems, surrendering back-to-back walks before a double to Chris Cates. After two more walks and a Wilson Ramos single, the Snappers pulled to within two with the bases loaded and no outs.
Peterson proceeded to strike out first-rounder Chris Parmalee before another bases loaded walk - this time to Matt Betsill - forced Loons manager Lance Parrish to summon in another position player, Adolfo Gonzalez, from the bullpen. With the bases loaded, the tying run on third and the winning run on second, Gonzalez surrendered a single to left by Eli Tintor, scoring the tying run. Berezay bobbled the ball in left field, allowing pinch runner Danny Santiesteban to score the winning run.
Clayton Kershaw started for the Loons and allowed two runs (one earned) in four innings striking out seven. He left with the Loons leading 5-2. He was one of seven Loons pitchers in the game, including position players Peterson and Gonzalez. Loons pitching walked 13 and struck out 15.
Eduardo Perez went 2-for-7 to extend his hitting streak to a Loons\' record 16 games.
Rivera and Carlos Santana had four hits each to pace the Loons offense, which recorded a franchise-record 20 hits in the game.
The Loons have an off day Wednesday before beginning a four-game series in Appleton, WI, against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Game time Thursday is 8:05pm ET. Josh Wall (5-9, 4.19 ERA) will be opposed by Nolan Gallagher, making his Midwest League debut. The game will be broadcast on the flagship home of Loons Baseball, Thunder Country 100.9 WYLZ.