Lazaro Armenteros blasted a 402-foot homer and Xavier Altamirano pitched a strong six innings to lead the Beloit Snappers to a 3-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Tuesday.
Armenteros, added to the Snappers roster Monday, hit his first Midwest League homer over the batter’s eye in center field to give Beloit a 2-1 lead after Nick Allen scored on a balk during the same at-bat. The Snappers scored once more that inning when Skyler Weber drew a bases-loaded walk to give his team a 3-1 lead heading into the 4th inning.
The Loons came within a run of closing the gap in their final frame when Marcus Chiu hit a solo homer with two outs in the top of the 9th inning, before Starling Heredia popped out to end the game.
The other Loons run scored on a two-out error in the top of the 1st inning. That unearned run and a walk (which also happened in the opening frame) were the only blemishes in Altamirano’s pitching line. The right-hander struck out eight and gave up three hits in six innings on his way to getting his first win of the season. Through five starts, he has a 1.88 ERA, 30 strikeouts and five walks in 28.2 innings.
Garrison wins 600th game
Beloit’s Tuesday win evened the Snappers’ record at 13-13 and gave skipper Webster Garrison his 602nd regular-season win as a minor-league manager. He got his 600th win Sunday when the Snappers beat the Captains 2-1 at Lake County.
A longtime minor-league coach for the Oakland Athletics, Garrison previously managed in the Midwest League in 2003, when he led the Kane County Cougars to an 80-59 record. The Cougars didn’t advance past the first round of the playoffs, but Garrison was named the MWL manager of the year.