CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Beloit Snappers saw their 2018 season come to an abrupt end Friday night with another frustrating offensive night against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Beloit was shut out 4-0 at Perfect Game Field and lost Game 2 of the best-of-three series. The Kernels won Game 1, 10-1, at Pohlman Field on Thursday night.
Kernels leadoff hitter Akil Baddoo knocked in what amounted to the game-winner Friday when his single off Beloit starter Ivan Andueza scored Ben Rodriguez. Jack Meggs threw out Michael Davis to keep it 1-0.
Cedar Rapids tacked on two runs in the fourth inning. David Banuelos bunted to reach base, scoring Victor Tademo. Trevor Larnach singled home Baddoo to make it 3-0.
The Kernels tacked on one more run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Davis to score Rodriguez and make it 4-0.
Cedar Rapids scored 14 runs on 18 hits in the two games and its pitching staff dominated the Kernels. Friday, starter Randy Dobnak earned his second win of the season against Beloit, this time with a complete game. He allowed six hits, no runs, one walk and had eight strikeouts. The Snappers stranded seven baserunners.
Beloit squandered an early scoring opportunity when Lazaro Armenteros walked and Logan Farrar singled to put runners on first and third. Ryan Gridley grounded out to third to end the threat.
The Snappers had another opportunity in the top of the seventh and final inning. Meggs led off with a single and advanced to third on Jordan Devencenzi's single to right. Nick Allen struck out and Austin Beck's lineout to left field ended the game.
Andueza took the loss, allowing a run and three walks with four strikeouts in 2 1-3 innings pitched. Relievers Ty Damron, Nick Highberger and Seth Martinez combined 3 2-3 innings of relief, surrendering three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
• NOTES: The Snappers were making their first playoff appearance since 2013 when they reached the semifinals against the Quad Cities River Bandits. ...Beloit had qualified for the second wild card in the Western Division by combining their own 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids with a loss by the Kane County Cougars on the final day of the regular season. ...The Kernels have advanced out of the first round of the Midwest League playoffs five straight seasons, earning four consecutive sweeps. ...All first-round matchups in the 2018 MWL playoffs resulted in sweeps, with the Kernels, Peoria Chiefs, West Michigan Whitecaps and Bowling Green Hot Rods moving on after two games.