The Beloit Snappers drew a crowd of 2,282 to Pohlman Field on Friday — impressive for a team that typically has less than 1,000 fans in the stands — partly because it was a fireworks night, and partly because Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder Khris Davis was rehabbing with the visiting Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
While Davis didn’t deliver, the Snappers did, winning their second straight game in walk-off fashion.
Davis went 0-for-4 with a walk. He struck out twice, hit two deep flyballs, and was tagged out in a rundown between third base and home plate. As you can see in the photo above, he wore his Brewers batting helmet instead of a Timber Rattlers one.
It was the third of five scheduled Midwest League rehab appearances for Davis, who played for the Timber Rattlers as a Brewers farmhand in 2010. On Wednesday he went 0-for-3 with a walk. On Thursday he went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI.
Davis was one of only two Timber Rattlers without a hit Friday. Wisconsin controlled the early innings, taking a 4-0 lead into the 5th inning. Beloit’s offense came alive in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score on a two-run single by Iolana Akau and a two-run homer by Justin Higley.
The Timber Rattlers took back the lead in the 7th inning on an RBI bunt single by Carlos Leal. Wisconsin’s 5-4 lead held until the bottom of the 9th, when pinch-hitter Argenis Raga hit a two-out double to drive in the tying run.
Beloit won the game 6-5 in exciting fashion an inning later. Luis Ortega took the mound for Wisconsin and walked the first two batters he faced before getting the first out of the inning on a force play. He came close to getting out of the jam when Jose Brizuela hit a chopper to second that almost resulted in a double play, but Brizuela hustled to beat the relay throw and was called safe. Higley scored the winning run from third on the play.
Wisconsin has lost six straight games.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler