Beloit's big second sinks Kernels
July 24, 2005 - A six-run second inning propelled the Beloit Snappers to a 8-2 victory over the Kernels in the finale of the two teams' four game series at Veterans Memorial Stadium on a sweltering Sunday afternoon.
The Snappers strung together four walks, a hit batter, two base hits, a fielder's choice, and a throwing error to build an insurmountable lead off struggling starter Joe Torres. This came after putting a single run on the board in the first inning on a David Winfree homer.
Luke Hughes opened the second by drawing a walk then moved to second when Torres nailed Dwayne White with a pitch. Korey Feiner then laced an RBI single to left for the first run of the inning. Torres again walked a batter, Tarraence Patterson, this time loading the bases for Deacon Burns. The hot-hitting outfielder slapped a squibber up the first base line that Torres bobbled for an error allowing White to score. With the bases loaded the Kernels caught a break when Winfree grounded to Jason Ramos at third and an alert Ramos was able to gun down Feiner trying to score. But Chris Brown singled home Patterson and back-to-back walks to Jeremy Pickrel and Trevor Plouffe plated runs before a call was finally made to the bullpen.
Michel Simard, who was brought in to relieve Torres, pitched brilliantly in 4 2/3 innings of relief but the Kernels could not score any runs behind him to challenge the Snappers. Simard allowed just one hit during his time on the mound and struck out four.
Drew Toussaint starred at the plate for the Kernels on a day when the team mustered just eight hits off three Beloit pitchers. Toussaint accounted for both Kernels runs with a booming RBI double to plate Michael Collins in the third inning and a solo home run, his fifteenth of the year, in the eighth inning.
The Kernels, who dropped to 43-57 overall with the loss, travel to Ft. Wayne for four with the Wizards beginning Monday night. Cedar Rapids swept a four-game series from the San Diego minor leaguers earlier this month at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
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