Snappers can't overcome slow start

Print Article

Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Snappers first baseman Nick Ward tosses a ball to first during Beloit's loss Thursday night.

BELOIT - These are the dog days of the Midwest League season. Anyone looking for proof of that need look no further than Pohlman Field Thursday night.

The Beloit Snappers, playing on a red-hot night, battled back from a 6-0 deficit to crawl within a run at 6-5 before completely falling apart in the ninth inning on the way to an ugly 13-7 loss that took three hours, 38 minutes to complete.

Much like Wednesday night, the Snappers took their sweet time waking up offensively. Beloit trailed 6-0 heading into the sixth frame when Logan Farrar keyed a five-run rally to put the Snappers right back into it. Farrar blasted his second home run of the season, a three-run blast that cut the deficit to one.

But the Whitecaps responded with a run in the seventh, then tattooed Brandon Withers to the tune of six runs in 2-3 of an inning in the ninth, pushing the game out of reach and eliminating any sort of positive vibes the comeback had engineered.

Snappers manager Lloyd Turner said not all hits and runs are created equal.

"It's not always what kind of hits you get, it's when you get them," Turner said. "The kind where you are down five runs and are trying to get back into the game aren't as important as those that come in a game where it's one or two runs the entire way. We've just got to be more consistent with how we do things, that's the bottom line."

The loss was the fifth straight for the Snappers, who are staring down the barrel of a red-hot weekend. Were it not for the general ineptitude of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, who found themselves with a rather incredible 4-22 second-half record, the Snappers would be in the cellar for the second straight half.

Adding insult to the injury was losing again to the Whitecaps, the only team in the Midwest League with a worse overall record than Beloit. It was the first time since late April the Whitecaps had captured back-to-back road wins.

Reid Birlingmair (2-5) got the start for the Snappers and struggled, allowing six runs in 5 1-3 innings of work. Joseph Pena led the team at the plate, going 3-for-4 while Skyler Weber added a pair of hits.

Farrar said the team is growing tired of moral victories at this point in the season.

"Yeah, things are tough right now," Farrar said. "It's hot out and you have to battle through things. We're happy we came back and got into the game. We turned it over to the bullpen, and we trust those guys. They've done a great job all season, and they had a rough game, but that's OK. At some point, you just want to win ball games. We've got to get both sides clicking. We've been a streaky team all year, and we need to get on a good streak."

The Snappers will try to salvage the finale of their three-game series Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Print Article

Read More Regional Sports

Knights pick up landmark victory

August 23, 2019 at 5:00 am | JANESVILLE, Wis - A new era, indeed. Ken DuBose began his tenure at Beloit Memorial in rather glorious fashion Friday night at Monterey Stadium when his Purple Knights defeated Janesville Craig 16-...

Comments

Read More

Flick's Picks: Week One

August 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm | Ladies and gentlemen, we made it. We once again fought through the wilderness of golf outings, Snappers games and complex baseball to another year of prep sports. IT feels good, doesn't it? It really...

Comments

Read More

BMHS tennis building numbers

August 23, 2019 at 9:25 am | Beloit Daily News BELOIT- A welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity to compete has helped to transform the Beloit Memorial girls tennis program. Fourth-year head coach Leigha Francis already has 23 girls out this f...

Comments

Read More

Clothier will guide Knights

August 23, 2019 at 9:27 am | BELOIT - Joe Clothier will have a special interest in the strength of Beloit Memorial High School's wrestling program from now on, but to be honest, he'd like to see every Purple Knight be a star in ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2019 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X