BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 10, 2017 | Beloit Snappers 3, Kane County Cougars 1 | Midwest League (A)
BELOIT, Wis. – With the crowd looking as it should for a 12:00 p.m. Monday game, both teams looked like they just woke up.
With just 822 in attendance the Beloit Snappers snapped a six-game losing streak and avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Kane County Cougars at H.C. Pohlman Field in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Each team threw the ball away on a pickoff move to first in the game’s first inning with Kane County’s mistake leading to the Snappers’ first run of the game. A stretch of six-straight swinging strikeouts occurred from the top of the fourth through the top of the fifth on the gloomy day in southern Wisconsin.
Beloit leadoff hitter, Michael Martin, started the bottom of the first with a walk, reached second on the blown pickoff move, got to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-out single from designated hitter Kyle Nowlin.
The game hummed slowly along as only one hitter batted in back-to-back innings. That event happened in the two-run Beloit sixth inning with J.C. Rodriguez pulling the feat. Luke Persico singled and stole second. Nowlin doubled him in and later scored on an Eric Marinez single to give the Snappers a 3-0 lead after six.
Snappers’ starter, Zack Erwin, takes player of the game honors after going six scoreless on five hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts to improve to 2-2 in the Midwest League. John Gorman III came in for 2.2 innings of work in relief of Erwin. He struck out five and gave up the only Cougar run before Yordys Alejo came in to record the final out and earn the save. Martin, Nowlin, and Marinez each recorded a pair of hits to lead Beloit.
Ryan Atkinson dropped to 2-5 on the year after allowing three runs, two earned on seven hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. Mark Karavoitis led Kane County with two of the Cougars’ seven hits. Paxton De La Garza recorded the team’s only extra base hit, a fifth inning double nearly caught by Beloit right fielder JaVon Shelby.
KANE COUNTY (49-36) 000 000 001 — 171
BELOIT SNAPPERS (41-47) 100 002 00X — 382
Kane County Cougars (ARI)
#6 Anfernee Grier 0/4, 3 K
#22 Marcus Wilson 1/4
Beloit Snappers (OAK)
No top 30 prospects
The second smallest ballpark in the Midwest League looked just that. With a max capacity of 3,501, H.C. Pohlman Field ranks only ahead of the Burlington Bees’ Community Field (3,200) in terms of size. H.C. Pohlman Field feels like a larger high school field with an old scoreboard hanging over the left-center fence and no videoboard onsite. The stands are completely bleacher seats, save for the first six rows in four sections behind home plate and two single-row sections at field level.
Beloit held their weekly Monster Deal Monday cover deals on ticket packages, food, and beverages, including $1.50 beers.
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