Snappers make most of few hits to beat Rattlers

DSCN2372

The Beloit Snappers beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4-2 on Sunday despite being outhit 13-3.

The Timber Rattlers scored first, taking a 1-0 lead on a solo homer by SS Angel Ortega in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers SS Angel Ortega batting in the bottom of the 3rd inning, right before he hit a solo homer.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers SS Angel Ortega bats in the bottom of the 3rd inning, right before he hit a solo homer.

Timber Rattlers SP Preston Gainey didn’t give up a hit until the top of the 5th inning, when Snappers 1B Michael Soto homered to tie the score 1-1.

Beloit Snappers 1B Michael Soto hit a home run with this swing.

Beloit Snappers 1B Michael Soto hit a home run with this swing.

In a sidetracking moment of serendipity, here is a photo I shot featuring both Ortega and Soto:

Angel Ortega slides back to first base as the baseball heads for Michael Soto's glove.

Angel Ortega slides back to first base just before the baseball reaches Michael Soto’s glove.

The Snappers scored another run in the 6th before plating two more on a Ryan Mathews home run in the 7th.

Beloit Snappers LF Ryan Mathews rounds 2nd base after homering in the top of the 7th inning.

Beloit Snappers LF Ryan Mathews rounds 2nd base after homering in the top of the 7th inning.

Mathews hit two home runs at Pohlman Field on Saturday, and almost had another two-dinger day in this game, but Timber Rattlers CF Johnny Davis robbed him with a fantastic leaping catch that you can watch here on YouTube. Had Mathews successfully went deep again, I would’ve seen him hit four home runs within 24 hours’ time.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers CF Johnny Davis

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers CF Johnny Davis

Snappers SP Matt Stalcup got the win. He gave up one run (Ortega’s solo homer) on nine hits, a walk and a wild pitch in five innings. He struck out six batters.

Beloit Snappers SP Matt Stalcup

Beloit Snappers SP Matt Stalcup

Gainey got the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits, no walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman. Both teams committed two errors.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers SP Preston Gainey

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers SP Preston Gainey

Three pitchers from the 1964 Fox Cities Foxes — Tim Sommer, Hank King and Ed Petryshyn  — threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. They were at Fox Cities Stadium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their team’s Midwest League championship.

From left: Hank King, Ed Petryshyn and Tim Sommer after throwing out ceremonial first pitches.

From left: Hank King, Ed Petryshyn and Tim Sommer after throwing out ceremonial first pitches.

Sommer went 13-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 139 IP for the 1964 Foxes. He threw 10 complete games, including one shutout.

Petryshyn went 9-3 with a 2.80 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 135 IP for the 1964 Foxes. He threw four complete games, including two shutouts.

King went 9-7 with a 1.84 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 83 IP for the 1964 Foxes. He started only one of the 46 games he appeared in that season — and threw a shutout.

None of them reached the major leagues, but their pitching staff briefly included future MLB All-Star and 1977 A.L. Cy Young Award winner Sparky Lyle, who went 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 35 IP for the 1964 Foxes. Lyle pitched three complete games in his six starts.

From left: Former 1964 Fox Cities Foxes pitchers Hank King, Tim Sommer and Ed Petryshyn signed autographs on the concourse before the game.

From left: Former 1964 Fox Cities Foxes pitchers Hank King, Tim Sommer and Ed Petryshyn signed autographs on the concourse before the game.

*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Beloit Snappers, Midwest League, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s