The Beloit Snappers (11-10) bested the Bowling Green Hot Rods (13-8) in the second game of the series between two second-place teams. (The Hot Rods are three games behind the Lansing Lugnuts in the Eastern Division and the Snappers are 1.5 games behind the Quad Cities River Bandits in the Western Division.)
The Snappers won 8-3 behind an early offensive outburst and five innings of sharp pitching by SP Matt Summers. They scored four runs in the 1st inning, a run in each of the next two innings, and two more in the 4th inning. In the meantime, Summers held the Hot Rods to two hits through five innings; however, he ran into trouble in the 6th inning.
The Hot Rods scored all three of their runs in the 6th, knocking Summers out of the game after the Snappers pitcher issued a two-out, bases-loaded walk to C Matt Rice for Bowling Green’s first run. RP Matthew Tomshaw then gave up a two-run double to DH Cameron Seitzer before ending the inning with a swinging strikeout of CF Joel Caminero.
Once the book was closed on Summers, his pitching line read as follows: 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 Ks, 5.2 IP. He got the win.
Hot Rods SP Jake Floethe didn’t fare as well as Summers. He gave up eight runs on eight hits, three walks and a hit batter in 3.2 innings pitched. He struck out four batters.
The Beloit player who did the most damage at the plate was CF Jhon Goncalves, who went 3-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI. He also stole a base.
2B Eddie Rosario and RF Wang-Wei Lin also collected three hits each. Rosario drove in two runs and Lin hit two doubles and scored twice.
The win was Beloit’s third in a row. And because the Snappers scored seven or more runs and won, everyone who braved the cold until the end of the game received coupons for free small custards from Culver’s. I’m sure nobody rushed over there to get their free dessert, however, as it was a chilly 51 degrees outside by the end of the game.
On Friday night I’ll be at Miller Park to watch the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who are affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers, “host” the Dayton Dragons in Midwest League action inside a major-league park. As usual, I’ll be tweeting live updates from the game.