Sano's Big Game Sparks Snappers - – Rockford’s News Leader

Sano's Big Game Sparks Snappers


The Snappers continued their winning ways, making it three games in a row on Wednesday night at Pohlman Field, beating the Kane County Cougars 8-6.  

The Snappers scored five runs in the first two innings of the game with an offensive tear by Miguel Sano. Sano homered, his 21st of the season, off of Cougars' starter, Bryan Brickhouse in the bottom of the first scoring Nate Roberts, who walked and Eddie Rosario, who doubled giving the Snappers an early 3-0 for the second night in a row.  Then, in the bottom of the second, Sano hit a two-out double scoring Roberts and Wang-Wei Lin giving the Snappers a hefty 5-0 lead.
The runs kept on coming for the Snappers as Rosario singled scoring Roberts, who also singled, making it 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth.
The Cougars rallied in the top of the fifth with a five-run inning that started with a solo home run by Dean Espy, his third of the season. Henry Moreno then scored on an error by third baseman, Sano. Justin Trapp singled scoring Kenny Swab, who singled and Tim Ferguson, who reached on an error. Daniel Mateo grounded out to score Trapp, reducing the deficit to only one run.
Brickhouse worked four innings allowing eight hits and six earned runs. He was relieved by Cody Fassold in the bottom of the fifth.
Tim Atherton relived Snappers starter, Taylor Rogers in the top of the sixth. Rogers went five innings allowing four hits and five runs, while striking out five.
Mason Melotakis came in during the top of the seventh when the Cougars went on to score the tying run with a base hit from Daniel Mateo scoring Ferguson.
The Snappers broke the tie in the bottom of the seventh with a sac fly RBI for J.D. Williams scoring Kennys Vargas, who walked.
Zach Jones came in with one out in the eighth inning relieving Melotakis. Melotakis pitched two thirds of an inning allowing two hits and no runs.
The Snappers picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single from Roberts, scoring Tyler Grimes who tripled to lead off making it 8-6.
The Cougars failed to come back, going one, two, three in ninth inning, giving the win to Mason Melotakis and the save to Jones.
Twins' top prospect, Sano went 2 for 5 with a home run, double and five RBI. 
Twins' #3 prospect, Rosario went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI, in his second game back from the disabled list.
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