Beloit connected for four hits and scored three runs in their initial at bat against Fort Wayne starter Will Headean Friday, and that early momentum never subsided, as the visiting Snappers earned a 9-5 win in front of 5,417 fans at Parkview Field in Midwest League action.
The Snappers (16-17) led the game off with a double from Mike Martin, which was the first of five extra base hits for Beloit.
The 3-0 lead turned into a 4-0 margin in the third inning and later a 6-0 advantage in the sixth inning after Headean had been replaced by TinCap reliever Ben Sheckler. However, Fort Wayne (13-22) stormed back in its half of the sixth with a vengeance.
Fernando Tatis Jr. led that inning off by getting hit by a pitch thrown by Beloit reliever Dakota Chalmers, who followed that up with consecutive walks to Brad Zunica and Hudson Potts to load the bases.
Chalmers then walked Marcus Greene Jr., which brought Tatis Jr. home for a 6-1 score.
Nate Easley drove a pitch to center field for an RBI single that scored Zunica, as Fort Wayne trimmed its deficit to 6-2.
Eguy Rosario then cleared the bases ahead of him with a three-run triple to left field, which pulled the TinCaps to within 6-5.
That hope was quickly dashed, however, as Beloit added a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth, as it registered 14 hits in the win.
Nick Highberger (1-0, 6.43 ERA) got the victory after pitching three innings of no-hit relief and striking out three.
Headean (1-2, 4.05 ERA) took the loss. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs, while walking three and striking out a couple of Snapper hitters.
Sheckler also struggled in his one inning, as he gave up three hits (including a home run) and a pair of earned runs, while walking one.
Jose Galindo relieved Sheckler and allowed just two hits and one earned run, while striking out two and walking one. Mark Zimmerman closed the game for the TinCaps with an inning of two-hit, no-run work.
Fort Wayne got just six hits off of Beloit pitching, as Rosario, Jack Suwinski, Tatis Jr., G.K. Young, Greene Jr., and Easley notched hits in the loss.
Beloit pitchers struck TinCap hitters out an impressive 14 times.
Fort Wayne had runners in scoring position 10 times, but delivered just twice.
First pitch: Beloit at Fort Wayne, today at 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters: FW/RH Hansel Rodriguez (4.39 ERA) vs. B/LH Dalton Sawyer (2.10 ERA)
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