Daniel Robertson delivered a two-run double in the top of the
ninth inning of a tie ballgame to give the Beloit Snappers a 5-3 victory
over the Great Lakes Loons on Friday night in Midwest League action at Dow
Robertson's heroics helped the Snappers climb above .500 to 13-12 and take
two out of three in Great Lakes. The Loons now have a mark of 12-15.
The rally began with one out in the ninth and pitcher Sawil Gonzalez (2-1)
on the bump. Ryan Mathews and Brett Vertigan set the table by patiently
waiting out consecutive walks and that gave Robertson the chance to be the
hero. He was only too happy to oblige. Dakota Bacus (3-0) was rewarded for
four innings of outstanding relief, including a scoreless eighth and ninth,
by getting the win.
James Baldwin (2-4, run) and Jeremy Rathjen got Great Lakes going in the
bottom of the first with a pair of singles to begin the frame and Baldwin
put his team on the board by scoring on a fielder's choice. A Corey Seager
(1-3, 2 RBI) sacrifice fly in the third increased the lead to 2-0.
Sam Roberts (2-4, RBI) cut the deficit to one run with an RBI single in the
fourth, but the lead was pushed back up to two thanks to a fifth inning
tally by Jesmuel Valentin, who singled and later crossed home on an error.
Loons's starter Jharel Cotton was able to hold the lead for much of the
night. Through five innings, he allowed just the one run on four hits,
walked two and K'ed six.
Reliever Luis Meza was given the responsibility of making the score hold up
when he took over for Cotton and he did his job in the sixth and seventh,
but ran out of gas in the eighth and the Snappers took advantage. With one
out, Renato Nunez singled and Matt Olson followed by ripping a double into
left, plating Nunez. Olson was tagged out at home when the next batter,
Rashun Dixon (2-4, run, 2 SB) hit into a fielder's choice, but Dixon then
stole second and John Wooten knotted the game at 3-3 with a game-tying RBI
single. One inning later, Robertson would un-tie it.
On Saturday, the Snappers will make their way to Lansing for the start of a
three game series against the Lugnuts. The series opener pits Beloit's RHP
Raul Alcantara (3-1, 3.18 ERA) against Lansing's RHP Javier Avendano
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