Two series are done, but two continue, including the one that involves our Snappers.
CLINTON 7, BELOIT 5 IN BELOIT (10 INNINGS)
The Snappers lost leads of 1-0, 4-2, and 5-4 as they fell to the Lumber Kings last night.
Miguel Sano opened the scoring in the second, leading off with a double and scoring on a pair of productive outs. Clinton took a brief 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth on Guillermo Pimentel’s two-run homer, but Beloit went back in front 4-2 when Sano hit a three-run homer. The Lumber Kings bounced right back to tie the score in the fifth on a two-run homer by Ji-Man Choi, but the Snappers again got the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Matthew Koch led off with a double and scored on a pair of productive outs.
Clinton went down in order in the sixth and seventh, and it appeared that the lead might hold up. In the eighth, though, starter Cole Johnson walked the leadoff batter and was removed in favor of Corey Williams. With one out, a double and an intentional walk loaded the bases and an unintentional walk to Pimentel forced in the tying run. The bases were still loaded with one out, but Zack Jones came in to strike out the next two batters and preserve the tie.
The Snappers had a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth, but Koch struck out with runners on second and third and two out. In the tenth, Choi singled, took second on a fly out, and scored on a single by Jabari Blash. Blash took second on a throw to the plate, and later scored on Pimentel’s single.
Beloit again threatened in the bottom of the tenth, as a pair of hit batsmen put two on with one out and Eddie Rosario at the plate. Rosario could not deliver, hitting into a double play to end the game.
The loss went to Taylor Rogers, who came in to pitch the tenth. He replaced Jones, who had faced five batters and struck them all out. The win went to Matt Brazis, who struck out three in two shutout innings of relief.
The deciding game of the series will be played tonight in Beloit. Mayckol Guiape will take on David Hurlbut.
FORT WAYNE 9, LANSING 6 IN LANSING
The TinCaps overcame a 6-0 deficit to win the game and sweep the best-of-three series.
The Lugnuts scored three in the third and three in the fourth to build the lead. Fort Wayne got on the board in the fourth, tied the score with a four-run seventh (aided by three walks and an error), and took the lead in the eighth when Lee Orr doubled and scored on a single by Jace Peterson.
Orr led the TinCaps offense, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run and driving in three. The Fort Wayne bullpen really came through, working 5.1 scoreless innings. Brett Lawrie, in Lansing on a rehab assignment, led the Lugnuts by going 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk.
Fort Wayne advances to play Lake County in the next round, because…
LAKE COUNTY 5, BOWLING GREEN 4 IN BOWLING GREEN (10 INNINGS)
A wild pitch brought in the winning run as the Captains advanced to the next round by sweeping Bowling Green. Lake County had led 4-2 going into the seventh, but a two-run double by Juniel Querecuto tied the score.
In the tenth, Bryson Myles led off with a single and stole second. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch with one out to put the Captains ahead. The Hot Rods put the tying run on second with one out in the bottom of the tenth, but the next two batters fanned to end the game.
Myles was 4-for-5 with a double to lead Lake County. Manuel Carmona worked a scoreless ninth to get the win. Enosil Tejeda struck out three in the tenth to get the save.
Lake County advances to play Fort Wayne in the next round.
WISCONSIN 4, BURLINGTON 0 IN WISCONSIN
The Timber Rattlers reversed the score on the Bees, evening the series.
Wisconsin got all the runs they would need in the first inning. Nick Ramirez hit an RBI single, Cameron Garfield drove in one with a ground-rule double, and Yadiel Rivera delivered an RBI single.
The real hero for the Timber Rattlers was pitcher Chad Pierce. Pierce threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout. All three of the hits were singles. He walked two and struck out three.
The two teams play in Wisconsin tonight. The winner will play the winner of the Beloit/Clinton series.