SOUTH BEND, Ind. - What's gotten into those Beloit Snappers' bats?
Two four-run innings paced the Snappers to their seventh straight victory Wednesday night, a 10-3 romp over the Eastern Division rival South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field.
Not only did the Snappers improve to 12-6 in the second half of the Midwest League season, the victory put them over .500 for the entire season at 44-43, Beloit broke up a scoreless tie with the first of its four-run innings in the third. Nick Allen, Lazaro Armenteros and Austin Beck all singled to load the bases and Hunter Hargrove walked to force in the first run. Jesus Lopez followed with double to clear the bases. He was gunned out trying to stretch it to a triple, but the Snappers suddenly led 4-0.
In the sixth inning, JaVon Shelby grounded into a force at third that scored Hargrove. Ryan Gridley followed with an RBI single to score Jordan Devencenzi. Allen then laced a double to left to score both Shelby and Gridley for an 8-1 advantage.
It was a career day for Allen, who was 4-for-6 in the leadoff spot. He notched the first four-hit game of his pro career and eighth multi-hit game in his past 18 games.
The Snappers added two more runs in the seventh and ninth. Devencenzi singled home Hargrove in the seventh inning and Armenteros' RBI single in the ninth brought home Devencenzi.
Wyatt Marks collected his fourth win of the season, going six innings and getting six strikeouts while only allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk.
The Cubs' Ryan Lawlor earned the loss in five complete innings, allowing four earned runs and registering two strikeouts.
Hargrove, who went 9-for-17 with five RBI to help Beloit sweep Clinton, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and led the team with three runs scored.
Beloit relievers Jaimito Lebron and Heath Bowers went three scoreless innings in relief of Marks.
• UP NEXT: Game 2 of this three-game series with South Bend will begin at 6:05 p.m. Thursday. The Snappers will send right-hander Jean Ruiz (2-6, 5.40) to the mound.