BELOIT - The Beloit Snappers quest for a third straight series victory took a brutal hit Monday night when they were swept in a doubleheader by Clinton to open the five-game series.
The Snappers managed just two runs total in the two games, losing 6-1 in eight innings in game one, and falling 2-1 in game two.
Both teams were held scoreless in the opening game until extra innings. Starting by rule with a man on second and nobody out to begin the frame, the visiting LumberKings struck for six runs against Eric Marinez, who had pitched a scoreless seventh frame to help Beloit get to extras.
The first four batters of the eighth inning reached against Marinez before he was lifted in favor of Michael Danielak. Three runs had already crossed the plate by that time, and Danielak allowed two more to score on a single by Demetrius Sims to put the game out of reach.
Skyler Weber plated Beloit's only run in the bottom of the inning with a two-out single to score John Jones.
Reid Birlingmair. was outstanding for the Snappers, going six nearly flawless frames. He allowed the LumberKings only two hits and a walk to lower his ERA to 1.90 for the season.
Clinton's Humberto Mejia (4-0) was even better, going all eight innings and allowing just two hits, no walks while striking out eight.
Things didn't get any better on the offensive side for the Snappers in game two, although they did come up with seven hits in the nightcap.
The Snappers went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Clinton scored a run in the first and another in the sixth.
Beloit started Michael Murray, who had missed all of 2018 with Tommy John surgery. After getting roughed up in his first outing of the season, Murray allowed just one run in four innings while not walking a batter and striking out eight.
Beloit scored its only run in the seventh inning when Max Schuemann scored on a wild pitch. With runners on the corners and two outs, Devin Foyle struck out swinging to complete the Clinton sweep.
The two teams will be back in action Tuesday at 11 a.m.