Early grand slam buries Beloit
A first-inning grand slam doomed the Beloit Snappers on Friday night.
Quad Cities piled up five runs in the first on the way to a 7-3 Midwest League baseball victory to sweep a three-game series.
River Bandits right fielder Ronnie Mitchell cleared the bases with a two-out grand slam that proved to be the difference.
The Snappers trailed 7-0 through four innings but plated three runs in the fifth. The comeback ended there. Shortstop Melvin Mercedes went 3-for-4 with two triples.
Beloit starter Lou Trivino (3-4) was tagged with the loss, giving up seven runs on 10 hits in five innings.
The Snappers open a home series with Clinton tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Pohlman Field.
QUAD CITIES 7, BELOIT 3
Beloit 000 030 000—3 8 1
Quad Cities 501 100 00x—7 11 0
Trivino, Hollstegge (6), Bragg (8) and Chavez; Frias, Cotton (6), Brunnemann (8) and Holbertson.
Leading hitters—Mercedes (B) 3x4; Holberton (QC) 2x4; White (QC) 2x3; Kemmer (QC) 2x4. 2B—Phillips (QC), Holberton (QC), White (QC) 2, Kemmer (QC), Moon (QC). 3B—Mercedes (B) 2. HR—Mitchell (QC).
SO—Trivino 2, Hollstegge 2, Bragg 3, Frias 7, Cotton 2, Brunnemann 3. BB—Trivino 2, Cotton 2.
W—Frias (2-3). L—Trivino (3-4).