Snappers split doubleheader against Cubs Sunday
BELOIT, WI - The Beloit Snappers split the doubleheader against the South Bend Cubs tonight winning Game 1 4-3 and falling in Game 2 5-1. This split today will force the rubber match tomorrow when the Snappers and Cubs lock up once more at noon inside Pohlman Field.
In Game 1, the Snappers used a late-inning rally to knock off the South Bend Cubs in grand fashion. However, it did not come easy as Beloit scored 4 unanswered runs to defeat the Cubs this afternoon.
In the early stages, South Bend would get the scoring started with two runs in the third and a run in the fourth before Beloit would get the bats going in the fourth.
In the fourth, John Jones would get the hitting started with a leadoff single to open frame. Then, after two straight walks, Beloit would load the bases with no outs applying some pressure on Cubs pitching. Moments later, the fun would begin for the Snappers...
Max Schuemann would step up to the plate and smash a double to left field plating both Jones and Ward to cut the deficit to just 1. Not only was that hit big on the scoreboard, but it seemingly shifted all the momentum into the Beloit dugout.
Due to the doubleheader, the Snappers would make their last at bats in the seventh special.
Trailing by only one run, Joseph Pena would begin the inning with a leadoff double and more over to third after a sacrifice bunt from Anthony Churlin.
After a catcher's interference to put runners on first and third, Jones would lace a single up the middle to score Pena and the game-tying run. Beloit was not done there though, as the very next batter, Nick Osborne, would come through in the clutch for Beloit.
With runners now on second and third with no outs, Nick Osborne would hit a towering fly ball to centerfield. With Churlin tagging at third, centerfielder Cole Roederer would fire a strike to home plate, but Churlin slid in just before the tag giving Nick Osborne the sacrifice fly and the Snappers the walk-off victory 4-3!
On the mound for Beloit, Joe DeMers got the start and threw 3 strong innings of baseball before being removed. DeMers final line ended with 4 hits against, 2 runs, 3 strikeouts, and 1 walk.
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The bullpen would then take over after DeMers and were lights out finishing out the final 4 innings of baseball. Josh Reagan was first out of the pen and would throw 2.2 innings of baseball with 3 hits, no earned runs, two strikeouts, and one walk. Calvin Coker would finish it out and secure the win after an inning and a third of scoreless baseball, while not surrendering a hit and punching out three Cubs.
In Game 2, the Snappers struggled to get the bats going falling 5-1 in the nightcap. Beloit and South Bend were even in hits in Game 2, but walks and errors ended up costing the Snappers in the long run in the second contest tonight.
South Bend would get the scoring started with 3 runs right off the bat in the first inning. In addition, the Cubs would get two more in the sixth to push themselves out to the 5-0 lead late in the ballgame.
In fact, it would not be until the seventh inning before the Snappers would get their first run of the game, but it was a little too late in the second game.
In the seventh, Max Schuemann and Santis Sanchez would lead the inning off with two straight singles. Then, after a throwing error from South Bend, Beloit would get their first run of the game after Schuemann would come across to score.
Unfortunately, that would be all for Beloit as they would go on to split the doubleheader falling to South Bend 5-1.
Beloit will be back in action tomorrow when they take on the South Bend Cubs in the rubber match of the series at noon. Tomorrow will also be our Snappy's Children's Book giveaway presented by the Stateline Community Foundation where fans can read on the field after the game.
The Beloit Snappers are a member of the Midwest League and have been the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. For more ticket information, contact the Snappers office at (608) 362- 2272 or visit our website, www.snappersbaseball.com.
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