Andres Avila allowed just three hits and no runs through five
exemplary innings as the Beloit Snappers outpitched the Dayton Dragons, 4-2,
in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday night.
The Snappers, at 60-35 (17-8 in the second half), are back on the winning
track after losing their last two. This loss puts the Dragons at 41-54
(13-13 in the second half).
Avila (4-1) hit all his spots on this night and Dayton couldn't solve the
puzzle. The Mexican right-hander only allowed one runner to reach scoring
position in five frames and that one incident came with two outs. Avila
walked one batter and struck out three.
Beloit's offensive attack on this night was led by Aaron Shipman (2-4, RBI,
run, SB), who was key in the scoring of each of the team's first two runs.
In the first inning, with Sal Romano (6-8) throwing, Shipman walked to begin
the game and scored on a Daniel Robertson single and an error. One inning
later, the left fielder provided a clutch two-out single to plate Nick
Rickles for an early 2-0 lead.
After using base hits to score in the first two innings, the Snappers power
stroke came to the forefront with the team shopping for insurance in the
last two innings. In the eighth, John Wooten struck the first blow, smoking
a ball over the wall in center with the bases empty for his 15th homer of
2013. Christopher Bostick (2-5, HR, RBI, run) was the culprit in the next
frame, hitting his 12th homer of the year to tack on another run.
The job of keeping the lead intact fell to relievers Stuart Pudenz and Tyler
Vail. Pudenz was first in line and he threw a perfect sixth and, after
allowing a lead-off single in the seventh, got out of that inning with a
double play and a groundout. Following a scoreless eighth by Vail, Jesse
Winker's (2-3, HR, 2 RBI, run) two-run homer, his 12th, sliced the lead in
half in the ninth, but Vail set down the next three in order for his third
Another 7:00pm start time is scheduled for the second game of this series on
Thursday. Beloit will go with RHP Seth Streich (9-5, 4.01 ERA) against
Dayton's LHP Ismael Guillon (4-6, 5.86 ERA).