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.
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.
In a sidetracking moment of serendipity, here is a photo I shot featuring both Ortega and Soto:
The Snappers scored another run in the 6th before plating two more on a Ryan Mathews home run in the 7th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler