Snappers' rally falls short

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Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Snappers infielder Joseph Pena slides in safely to third base with a triple during Tuesday's game at Pohlman Field.

BELOIT - Tuesday night's Beloit Snappers' 10-9 loss at Pohlman Field had a little bit of everything.

There was the good (a near miracle comeback in the ninth inning), the bad (the Snappers allowed a season-high 20 hits to Quad Cities) and the ugly (Beloit left 12 men on base, walked seven batters and committed two errors in a game that lasted nearly four hours.)

For Beloit manager Lloyd Turner, the game was classic Midwest League stuff.

"Look, this is minor league baseball," Turner said. "You're going to see your share of mistakes out there. You see them in the big leagues, too. Just not as many of them. What I liked is the fact that we refused to give away at-bats, even down as much as we were. The guys showed a lot of pride out there tonight."

The Snappers, looking for their season-best fourth straight win in an otherwise dreary first half, entered the ninth inning trailing 10-6.

A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with none out, and Cobie Vance kept the line moving with an RBI single to make it 10-7.

Things really got interesting when Joseph Pena hit a shot back through the box that caromed off Quad Cities pitcher Riley Cabral and ended up in short right field. A pair of runs scored, and Vance motored to third with the tying run and just one out.

Ryan Gridley, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games earlier and finished the contest with three doubles, then hit a one-hopper in front of the plate that Cabral easily fielded and threw home, where Vance was headed.

He got into a rundown and was tagged out near the third base bag by the catcher.

When Max Schuemann followed with a strikeout, the Snappers' comeback hopes were dashed.

Turner said he had no problem with Vance's decision to make a break for it, but wasn't sure he was quite prepared for the play.

"If you're going to go there and force them to make a play, I understand that," Turner said. "But you have to know before the pitch even comes in that if you see a ground ball, you are going immediately. He hesitated a little bit, and that's what cost him. I tell these guys all the time that whatever they do, they have to do all out, or it's going to come back to haunt you."

Vance said things just didn't work out the way he planned.

"You never know what kind of bounce you're going to get," Vance said. "As it turned out, the ball went right back to the pitcher and I didn't have a chance. I tried to get into a rundown to let the other runners advance, because at that point, that's all you can do."

Quad Cities entered the second inning trailing 2-0 before putting up five runs to take the lead for good. The Snappers eventually cut the deficit to 8-6 with a pair of fifth-inning runs, but Quad Cities added a pair of tallies against Charlie Cerny in the eighth inning before infielder Joseph Pena came on in the ninth to throw a scoreless frame, setting up a wild bottom of the inning.

Chase Cohen (4-6) allowed 11 hits and six runs in 3 2-3 frames to pick up the loss. Beloit picked up 13 hits of its own, including two by Pena including a triple and a pair of catcher Skyler Weber. None of the game's 33 hits left the ballpark.

• NOTES: With the victory, Quad Cities clinched the first-half title in the Western Division. The River Bandits have one of the best records in the minor leagues with a 40-21 mark...The two teams will meet in game two of the series Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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