Chad Lewis pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the
eighth inning with a two-out single and the Beloit Snappers held the Quad
Cities River Bandits to one hit in a 4-1 win in Midwest League action at
Modern Woodman Park on Monday afternoon.
The victory completes the Snappers first sweep of a four-game road series
since 2008 and they now have a record of 25-18 and a two-game lead in the
Western Division wild card spot. Quad Cities loses their fourth in a row to
slip to 23-20.
The top of the eighth began innocently enough, with two outs sandwiched
around a Renato Nunez (1-3, 2 RBI, run) walk, but a John Wooten single then
moved Nunez to third. That set the stage for Lewis, facing Mitchell Lambson
(1-2), to break the tie. Beloit bought insurance in the ninth, thanks to a
two-run single by Nunez. Brent Powers (2-0) fired hitless ball in the
seventh and eighth and was credited with the victory. Ryan Dull fulfilled
the closer's role in the ninth with a scoreless inning, including a pair of
strikeouts, to wrap up his sixth save.
River Bandits' outfielder Teoscar Hernandez (1-4, run) led-off the bottom of
the first with a single, which led to an unearned run, as he stole second,
took third on a groudout and scored on a Rio Ruiz sacrifice fly. That would
be Quad Cities' only safety of the day. Beloit starter Raul Alcantara
rebounded from that blemish by retiring 15 of 16 from the second inning on,
with only an error allowing a man to reach. In six innings, he didn't walk a
batter and struck out six to go with his six inning, one-hitter. This was
the third time this season Alcantara completed a start allowing only one
For the first five innings, the Snappers were held hitless by Mike
Hauschild, who struck out five while walking two. They managed to plate a
run in the sixth when Bruce Maxwell grounded out with the bases loaded,
tying the game at 1-1. Lewis broke that tie two innings later and set Beloit
up to complete the sweep.
The Snappers will take Tuesday off as they prepare to play the Cedar Rapids
Kernels in a three game series. That series will begin with a Wednesday
evening ballgame at 6:30pm. Beloit will throw RHP Michael Ynoa (0-1, 1.44
ERA) in the opener against RHP Mason Melotakis (3-1, 3.09 ERA). In
anticipation of Wednesday's game, fans can visit the Snappers Facebook page
and Twitter account to vote on special offers that will be available on
Social Media Wednesday. Pohlman Field will also be the site of Cheers Night,
as the organization will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series finale
of this famous show.