BELOIT - If hitting is indeed contagious, the Beloit Snappers experienced an acute outbreak Monday night.
They weren't complaining about it spreading, either.
Logan Farrar and his buddies launched four home runs and 12 hits in all as they bounced the Clinton LumberKings, 8-7, for their sixth straight victory.
Beloit swept a four-game series from Clinton, evened its season record at 43-43 and more important, improved to 11-6 in the second half of the Midwest League season to keep a lock on second place in the Western Division.
"I think we build off each other when the hitting is going well," said right fielder Farrar, who belted his second home run in as many days. He also hit a double. "We have days when the wind is blowing out and you see some home runs, but tonight it wasn't blowing, but guys were just really hitting the ball hard."
"We had quite a hit parade," Beloit Manager Webster Garrison said. "I wish I could tell you why we're suddenly playing so well, but as a team we're pitching well, the guys are swinging the bats a whole lot better and we're playing some good defense out there."
The Snappers' Jesus Lopez posted a 3-for-4 night while Farrar, Mickey McDonald and Oakland Athletics' No. 6 prospect Lazaro Armenteros had two apiece.
Left fielder Armenteros also turned a potential game-saving snare in the top of the ninth inning. With Juan Camacho at first base after he singled off Beloit reliever Joseph Camacho (no relation), Dimas Ojeda hammered a pitch heading toward the wall in left center, only Armenteros got there first with a great catch. Comacho then got a ground ball for a fielder's choice and his first save.
"That probably saved the game right there," Farrar said of the catch by Armenteros.
It didn't surprise Garrison.
"He made a great play," he said. "He showed the speed he has getting to that ball. That was huge."
After Clinton's Jack Larsen belted a solo homer in the second inning, Beloit jumped in front with four in the bottom of the frame. Lopez and Farrar opened the inning with singles and McDonald followed with an RBI single. JaVon Shelby then blasted a three-run homer off the scoreboard in left center.
The Snappers picked up where they left off in the third when Lopez and Farrar hit back-to-back solo homers. It was the first time the Snappers went back-to-back since May 26 in Burlington, when Hunter Hargrove and Farrar completed the feat.
The back-to-backs ended the night for LumberKings starter Raymond Kerr (3-9), who allowed six runs on eight hits in his three innings of work.
Beloit starter Jared Poche' (5-6) threw six innings and allowed only two runs on three hits while walking two. He posted five strikeouts.
The LumberKings blasted their way back into the game in the seventh inning when they put up five runs against reliever Josh Reagan. Juan Camacho and Ariel Sandoval hit two and three-run homers, respectively, to trim Beloit's lead to 8-7. Nick Highberger came on to end the seventh with a strikeout and he worked a scoreless eighth.
Joseph Camacho got the ball in the ninth and closed the door.
"We don't really have one definite closer," Garrison said. "Tonight was his turn. I know Camacho is going to battle, he's going to throw strikes and his pitches are going to move. I'm confident in him."
Farrar raised his average to .236 and he hopes it's just the start.
"I haven't had the season yet I hoped for, but I've stayed positive," he said. "It's a long season. My roommate is Hunter Hargrove and he's been one of our best hitters. He gave me some advice and it's really clicked the past couple of games."
• UP NEXT; The Snappers are off Tuesday and then travel to South Bend for a three-game set. The Cubs will send Ryan Lawlor (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound, while Beloit has yet to announce its starter.