Avila, Snappers hold off Kernels

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Gazette staff
Monday, May 26, 2014

Andres Avila halted Cedar Rapids’ comeback bid Monday afternoon.

The Beloit Snappers closer allowed just one hit and got five outs to earn his sixth save in a 6-5 home victory over the Kernels.

Avila was called on after Cedar Rapids got back-to-back home runs from Chad Christensen and Mitch Garver with one out in the eighth inning. Their blasts turned a 6-2 lead into a one-run nail-biter.

The closer’s performance helped starter Kyle Finnegan—who threw seven innings of four-hit ball—improve to 5-1.

Left fielder B.J. Boyd hit a three-run homer in the third to help Beloit build its lead.

On Sunday, the Snapper lost the first game of the series, 6-5.

The two teams play a rubber match in their three-game series at 11 a.m. today.

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