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Snappers Win Slugfest


A huge bottom of the eighth inning drove in five runs for the Beloit Snappers, ultimately picking up the 13-10 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers after a long battle between the two teams.  

The Snappers scored their first run in the bottom of the second when Miguel Sano scored on an RBI single by Stephen Wickens, giving the Snappers an early 1-0 lead off of Timber Rattlers' starter, Shaun Marcum, who was making a rehab start during his efforts to return to the Brewers.  Sano reached second on a two-base error by shortstop, Yadiel Rivera. He then advanced to third on a fly ball by Kennys Vargas.
The Timber Rattlers responded with a two-run homer by Chadwin Stang off of Cole Johnson to give the Rattlers a 2-1 lead.
Johnson was relieved by Tim Atherton in the top of the third with two outs. Ben McMahan ripped a two-run homer off of him making it 4-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, Vargas hit an RBI single to score Eddie Rosario, who led off the inning with a line drive double cutting the Timber Rattlers lead to 4-2. Drew Leachman followed with a single and then Wickens walked. Marcum was relieved by Jacob Barnes in the bottom of the fourth with one out to go and the bases loaded. Barnes walked his first batter, Tyler Grimes scoring another run for the Snappers making it 4-3.  Marcum's final line was three and two third innings, allowing four hits, while striking out four and walking the last two batters he faced.
Barnes struggled in the bottom of the fifth walking Sano, allowing a line drive to center for Vargas, and walking Leachman loading the bases for Wickens, who walked scoring Sano to tie the game 4-4.
Corey Kimes came in for the top of the sixth to relieve Atherton, who went two and one third innings, allowing two hits and one run, while striking out three and walking one.  The Rattlers broke the tie when Greg Hopkins scored on a line drive single by Rafael Neda giving Wisconsin the 5-4 lead. They tacked on another two insurance runs when Carlos George and Neda scored on double by Chadwin Stang giving the Rattlers a 7-4 lead.
J.D. Williams hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth scoring Roberts, who singled cutting the Timber Rattlers lead to one, 7-6.
A two-base error on Ben McMahan scored Leachman and Tyler Grimes giving the Snappers an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
Corey Williams came in for the top of the eighth inning to relieve Kimes, who worked two innings allowing three hits and three earned runs. Williams allowed a two-run home run from Yadiel Rivera scoring Adrian Williams, who pinch ran for Rafael Neda, who singled to left giving the Rattlers the 9-8 lead.
The Snappers had a huge bottom of the eighth picking up five runs and taking the lead. Eddie Rosario led off the top of the ninth with a solo home run to tie up the ballgame 9-9.  Hot-hitting Wickens hit an RBI single scoring Sano, who singled breaking the tie. Matt Koch crushed a three-run homer scoring Leachman, who walked and Wickens giving the Snappers a 13-9 lead over the Timber Rattlers.
Zach Jones came in for the top of the ninth.  The Rattlers attempted one last rally in the top of the ninth with a solo home run by Nick Ramirez, but they failed to come back. Williams picked up the 13-10 win for the Snappers, his fourth of the season.  
The Snappers and Timber Rattlers continue their series tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. On the mound for the Snappers is the Midwest League leader in wins, Jason Wheeler, who is 13-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 131.2 innings pitched.
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