The Beloit Snappers won the first game of their Monday doubleheader against the Fort Wayne TinCaps thanks to a strong pitching performance by Evan Manarino and a three-run homer by Chris Iriart.
Manarino pitched 6.1 innings of the seven-inning game, giving up only one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five. He earned the win, improving to 8-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He has struck out 97 and walked 19 in 115 innings this season.
Jared Lyons pitched the final two outs for the Snappers, earning him his fifth save of the season. The lefthander is 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 12 walks in 40.1 innings.
Chris Paddack, one of San Diego’s top pitching prospects, was scheduled to start for the TinCaps, but was a late scratch. He took the mound in the middle of the 1st inning, but after three warm-up pitches, he called for the trainer and subsequently was removed before officially throwing a pitch. It was later reported that Paddack suffered a strain in his elbow and forearm.
Blake Rogers made the emergency start for the TinCaps. He got a no-decision after giving up one run on three hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. He was relieved by Corey Kimber, who took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in 2.1 innings.
In addition to the three runs driven in by Iriart via a fifth-inning homer, the Snappers got an RBI each from Edwin Diaz and Brett Siddall, who also had two hits in the game.
The TinCaps got two hits from Austin Allen and an RBI from Marcus Greene Jr.
The second game of the doubleheader was started by Brendan Butler for Beloit and top Padres prospect Anderson Espinoza for Fort Wayne. I’ll write about that game in my next post.
UPDATE: Paddack was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. Replacing him on the roster is RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, who was promoted to the TinCaps from the short-season Tri-City Dust Devils.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler