On a dark and dreary night near the end of August. The ghosts and other creatures came out to play a game of baseball. Well I think it was baseball. At least one team showed up for the game, so it was semi-like baseball. Ok, the Cougars lost 9-1. They would give up 19 hits and make three errors in their loss to the Beloit Snappers.
The Cougars would win the series at home, so that is a positive to take out of the series, plus they had won four in a row. Tonight just seemed like a bad horror movie. The carnage just seemed to never end. At least not untill the seventh inning, after that A.J. Huttenlocker and Dusty Napoleon pitched well.
By this time the game was out of hand already. Huttenlocker came in for the final out of the sixth, then retired the next six he faced. Napoleon made his second pitching appearance of the year. He stil has not given up a run. He gave up a single to the leadoff man. The last hitter he faced he threw a lollipop up there, something like the old ephus pitch of the deadball era. He would end up with a called strike three to end the inning.
Kenny Smalley started and was off all game, he went four innings. Smalley gave up eleven hits, six runs, five earned runs. He would walk three and strike out four. Josue Selenis then came in and did not fare much better, as he went one and two third innings, plus four batters. He would give up seven hits, three runs, two earned.
Things were bad from the start, as the Snappers wouldn't score any runs in the first, but the would get two singles. They left men on first and third. In the second inning Beloit scored once. Jon Waltenbury led things off with a single to left center. One out later, Drew Thompson singled to right. Angel Morales would single to left to bring home Waltenbury.
More runs for the Snappers in the third inning, this time two, it could've been much worse though. Ramon Santana led off with a triple to right center. Ozzie Lewis then doubled down the left field line to bring home Santana. Nate Hanson then blooped a single to right. Two outs later, Drew Thompson walked to load the bases. Smalley then walked Morales to force in Lewis.
With one out in the fourth, Santana walked. Lewis singled to center. Hanson would fly out foul to left, which would allow Santana to score on the sacrifice fly. Then trouble started, Waltenbury singled to right. The throw in from Jeremy Barfield would get away for an error. Catcher Petey Paramore tracked down the ball near the mound and threw home, the throw went to the backstop for an error. On the play Lewis scored and Waltenbury made third. Jeff Lanning then blooped one down the right field line to score Waltenbury.
Another run for the Snappers in the fifth. Morales reached on an error by Mike Spina. James Beresford then reached on a fielder's choice, with Morales out at second. One out later, Santana then singled to left. Lewis would single to left center to score Morales.
Two more runs for the Snappers in the sixth, but it could've been a lot worse. Waltenbury doubled to left center, Connor Crumbliss tried to dive for the ball and the ball got by him. Two outs later, Morales singled to third, Waltenbury scored after getting to third on a wild pitch. The thing about this at bat was that, he hit a long foul ball to left down the line. I could not tell fair or foul from the pressbox. The thing is that Morales argued. The ump ejected the manager and the pitching coach. Beresford would follow with a single up the middle. Aaron Hicks then singled to left to score Morales. Santana would single to right to load the bases with two outs. A.J. Huttenlocker then came in and got a force out at second.
That would thankfully be all for the Snappers due to the great work of Huttenlocker and Napoleon. The offense, well they did not get their first hit untill the sixth inning. Chris Berroa led off with a single off the pitchers glove. The only run came in the eighth with one out, Crumbliss walked. Leonardo Gil then singled up the middle. Steve Parker would then reach on a fielder's choice, with Gil being out at second. The Snappers tried to turn the double play, and the throw from the second baseman was wide, allowing Crumbliss to score.
Tomorrow vs Wisconsin @6:30 Evan Frederickson (3-7, 5.15) vs Anvioris Ramirez (4-2, 3.74)
This weekend I will interview Shawn Haviland and Steve Parker. If anyone has any questions for the players please email them to me, before 10 am that day.