Kane County ruins Beloit Snappers' debut
The Beloit Snappers found that out the hard way Friday as the Kane County Cougars cruised to a 10-5 victory on opening night at Pohlman Field.
The Snappers gave up five unearned runs while Cougar pitchers struck out 16, including five whiffs by Chris Parmelee and three by Joe Benson.
“We didn’t really have a good approach with two strikes and that’s why we had 16 strikeouts,” Beloit manager Nelson Prada said. “But you have to turn the page. We have a doubleheader tomorrow.”
The Snappers and Cougars will make up Thursday’s scheduled game with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. today.
The Cougars scored all ten of their runs Friday on hits with two outs, including two two-run hits from first baseman Greg Dowling in the fifth and sixth innings.
“Those guys were hitting in the clutch,” Prada said. “We didn’t really have the clutch hits. We didn’t get the hits with the bases loaded and we didn’t get hits with men on second and third. We didn’t really play the Minnesota way.”
The Cougars also had seven walks as a team. Kane County was second in the Midwest League in walks with 522 in 2007. That trait is a point of emphasis in the Oakland organization.
Two bright notes for the Snappers were a double to right field from Benson to start the bottom of the first inning. He also doubled and scored in the third inning. Left fielder Ozzie Lewis hit the Snappers’ first home run of the season in the fourth, a solo shot to start the inning.
Snappers starting pitcher David Bromberg gave up five runs on three walks and four strikeouts in 4q innings for the loss. The right-hander said he always seems to struggle in the first start of the season.
“I got a couple of pitches up in the zone and gave up a couple of hits,” he said. “I had a couple of pitches that were outside. I should have come in on the batters a little bit more.”
The Cougars’ Justin Friend got the win with 13 innings of relief work. He had three strikeouts and gave up two runs, neither of which was earned.
Cougars starting pitcher Craig Italiano gave up three runs on five strikeouts and two walks in four innings.
KANE COUNTY 10, SNAPPERS 5
Kane County—Johnston, c, 3-2-0-0; Ray, 2b, 4-1-1-0; Brown, cf, 4-1-0-0; Dowling, 1b, 4-1-3-4; Smith, dh, 5-0-0-0; Vitters, 3b, 4-2-0-0; Lissman, lf, 5-0-0-0; Johnson, rf, 3-2-1-3; Correa, ss, 4-1-2-1. Totals: 36-10-7-8.
Beloit—Benson, cf, 5-1-2-1; Singleton, dh, 5-0-1-1; Romero, 3b, 3-0-1-1; Parmelee, rf, 5-0-0-0; Lewis, lf, 4-1-1-1; Santana, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Petsch, 1b, 4-0-0-0; Yersich, c, 4-2-1-0; Olson, ss, 3-1-1-0. Totals: 36-5-7-4.
Kane County 030 024 100—10
Beloit 002 102 000—5
E—Romero, Santana, Lewis, Benson. LOB—KC 6, BEL 11. 2B—Dowling, Correa, Benson 2, Romero, Olson. HR—Johnson, Lewis. SB—Johnston, Petsch. PB—Johnston.
Kane County IP H R ER BB SO
Italiano 4 5 3 3 2 5
Friend (W, 1-0) 1.1 2 2 0 1 3
Walters 1.1 0 0 0 3 2
Fragoso 2.1 0 0 0 0 6
Beloit IP H R ER BB SO
Bromberg (L, 0-1) 4.2 3 5 5 3 4
Hirschfeld 1 2 4 0 2 0
Nolte 1.1 2 1 0 2 1
Rodgers 2 0 0 0 0 3
WP—Walters, Bromberg, Nolte. HBP—by Friend (Santana).