Nick Rickles smashed a go-ahead grand slam in the top of
the ninth inning as the Beloit Snappers stunned the Bowling Green Hot Rods,
9-7, in Midwest League action on Monday evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
This game came following the conclusion of Sunday's suspended game, which
resumed in the eleventh inning on Monday and saw Bowling Green emerge
victorious, 4-1, in the fourteenth, thanks to a three-run, walk-off homer by
This victory ends a four-game losing streak for the Snappers and they are
now 61-39 (18-12 in the second half). In contrast, the Hot Rods see their
six-game win streak broken and they now have a record of 59-40 (21-10 in the
Beloit's incredible comeback began with them trailing 7-2 entering the ninth
and Nick Sawyer (2-3) pitching. Dayton Alexander walked to lead-off and
Aaron Shipman singled. Two more walks forced in a run and a Renato Nunez
single plated a second run while the bags remained full. Matt Olson
proceeded to draw the fourth walk of the frame and now the Snappers trailed
by only two runs with still nobody out. That's when Marcus Jensen relieved
Sawyer and the first batter he faced was Rickles. One swing later, the
uprising was complete. Tyler Vail (5-3) hurled a scoreless eighth and ninth
for the victory.
Bowling Green immediately got on the board, scoring three times in the first
inning. A pair of walks put two on with two out and Leonardo Reginatto came
through with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. An error on the next play allowed
two unearned runs to come across and Beloit was quickly in a hole.
Rickles helped the Snappers get back into the game in the fourth and fifth
innings. The catcher began the fourth with a single and scored on a wild
pitch for Beloit's first run. One inning later, his double tallied
Christopher Bostick, making the score 3-2, but the Hot Rods seemed to dash
any comeback hopes in the bottom of the fifth.
A Reginatto single began the frame and he hustled all the way home on Marty
Gantt's triple. A walk and an error loaded the bases and Brandon Martin was
hit by a pitch, pushing another run across. Two batters later, another error
let in two more unearned runs and the lead was stretched to five, but that
wouldn't be enough.
The suspended game, which was completed before the start of the day's
scheduled contest, was the resumption of Sunday's game, which came to a halt
with the score tied at 1-1 in the top of the eleventh inning due to rain.
The teams dueled through three scoreless frames before Dunn, who also won
Saturday's game with a homer, took Chris Lamb (2-3) deep with two on to win
it. Ryan Garton (2-3) held Beloit hitless for four innings to nab the win.
On Wednesday, the Snappers will be back at Pohlman Field following a day off
to face the Kane County Cougars in the first of three. Beloit plans on
sending out RHP Seth Streich (9-5, 3.96 ERA) while Kane County's starter is
TBD. Don't forget to take advantage of the Snappers early brew special
before the game, as the Miller "On Deck" will be open from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
with no cover charge. Drafts of Miller and Leinenkugel will be only $1.50
during this time. Social Media Wednesday will give Snappers fans the chance
to pick the great deal that will be available. Visit the team's Facebook
page or Twitter account to help decide what will be in store for you, the
fans, at the game.