Beloit Doubleheader

Last Saturday, my parents were coming into town, and, since Beloit is pretty close to on the way from Marshall to Chicago, we figured why not take in a game to kick off the Memorial Day weekend? After checking the schedule and noticing the unusual start time of 5 PM, I took off from work a bit early and headed up to Wisconsin. In about the fifth inning, a whole bunch of people started to show up, talking about how they didn’t realize the game time had changed. But, the others in the stands behind us assured them that this was a doubleheader so they would get to see a game after the current one. This was news to me, but I’m always up for watching more baseball, so this report will cover both games of May 24, as the Snappers swept the doubleheader from the Burlington Bees (Kansas City’s A affiliate).

Game 1 – Beloit 8, Burlington 0 (7 inn.) (box scoreplay-by-play)

Game 2 – Beloit 3, Burlington 1 (7 inn.) (box scoreplay-by-play)

Last time I went up, I was disappointed that I missed Ben Revere. He was in the lineup on this day and he was really exciting to watch. He went 5-8 in the two games with a double, a triple, 3 runs, and 3 RBI.

He can absolutely fly around the bases, and he’s extremely aggressive with his speed. Almost too much so. In the fourth inning of game one, with Revere on third, Garrett Olson (“Red” as my wife likes to call him) fouled a pitch, in the air, right in front of the Beloit dugout on the third base line. The third baseman came over and made a nice catch as he went into the dugout. Revere tagged and tried to score! Note that the ball was, at that point, about 40-50 feet away from home plate. Even though the 3B recovered and shoveled the ball to the catcher before Revere reached home, the umpires called the play dead when the fielder went into the dugout. Olson was out, but they awarded each runner one base. First off, I honestly don’t know if that’s the right call, I know if the ball is thrown into the dugout runners move up, but it seems odd that they would be given a base in this instance. Secondly, my scorekeeping acumen is being severely tested by this team. I had to put a ‘?’ for the scoring play. The official box score awarded Olson an RBI, so it may have been the world’s shortest sacrifice fly.

Still, my scorekeeping was a vast improvement over whomever was operating the Pohlman Field scoreboard. As a math major and general number nerd, these types of things amuse me. The score in the top of the fourth was 2-0 with Beloit adding a run in the bottom of the third, but 1+0+0=2? Later, the third inning run was added, but the 5 run lead seemed bigger somehow, and it didn’t have anything to do with the way the pitching staff was confounding the Burlington batters.

The pitching was exemplary for the Snappers. In two games, Michael Tarsi, Bradley Tippett, Michael McCardell, and Steven Hirschfeld combined to record 42 outs while facing only 48 batters and allowing one run. Michael Tarsi was particularly impressive, pitching the first 6 innings of game one and allowing 2 hits, no walks, while striking out seven. McCardell started game two and threw 3 perfect innings, before a walk, a basehit, and a groundout got Burlington on the board. He must have been on a pitch count because he got pulled after 60 pitches exactly (according to my count) and only 3.2 IP.

In between games we amused ourselves by thinking of real-life situations where being referred to as Jooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooe Benson would be hilarious (the announcer in Beloit has been drawing out his first name longer and longer with every visit). For instance, when he goes to sign his next contract, does he need an extra long dotted line? I think there’s a Twins Territory commercial in there somewhere if/when Benson makes it to the bigs. Also, someone left a banana on top of the dugout for the entire break, almost until the next game started. I knew you wouldn’t believe me, so I got photographic proof.

Chris Parmelee continued his run of recording a strikeout and a walk in every game I have attended (in those 4 games he is 1 for 9, with a HR, 5 BB, HBP, 5 SO for a .111/.467/.444 line and a .000 BABIP). But, I did finally get a picture of him swinging at a pitch, so this trip was a success.

Some quick notes on other players, Jair Fernandez (3rd on Beloit in OPS behind Revere and Parmelee) went 1-4 with an RBI and 2 SO. “Red” Olson got 3 RBI on the day and went 2-2 with 2 BB in game 2. Ramon Santana and Ozzie Lewis (who just returned from the DL) both got 2 hits and an RBI in game one and didn’t play in the nightcap.
Finally, even though the Snappers mascot came in last place in the sausage race (to be fair, he is a turtle), I’m happy to report that Beloit celebrated their doubleheader sweep in WGOM-approved style, with a very nice fireworks display after the games.

As always, there are a few more photos and videos available if you’re interested.

Beloit Repoit

I went up last weekend on Sunday to see the Snappers take on the Peoria Chiefs (the Chicago Cubs A-level team). The Snappers won to complete the 3-game sweep and move to two games over .500, which was their high-water mark for this season to that point.

Final Score: Beloit 5, Peoria 4 (box scoreplay-by-play)

Pictures and more to follow

Peoria is managed by Ryne Sandberg, who’s in his second year of managing the team. He had a flock of people following him around whenever he would leave the field, but he seemed to be in good spirits during the lineup card exchange.

Ryne Sandberg

I was excited to see Ben Revere play since he’s been tearing up the league in his short stint there, but he wasn’t in the lineup for this game, so I can’t report much of anything other than that he is capable of playing catch.

Besides Revere, Chris Parmelee is one of the other intriguing prospects on the current Beloit team. In addition, he was one of the few lefties in the lineup, so he was facing me in the 3rd base bleachers when he batted. So I was ready to try to snap some shots of his swing.

First attempt: no good, taking all the way.

Chris Parmelee

Next attempt: way outside.

Chris Parmelee

At some point, he’ll swing the bat, right?

Chris Parmelee

Alright, this is the last one, if he doesn’t swing here, I give up.

Chris Parmelee

Just kidding, one more try!

Chris Parmelee

Bah, somehow he saw through my clever ruse. Parmelee has far and away the most strikeouts and the most walks on the Snappers roster. He didn’t disappoint on Sunday. In fact, he didn’t put a ball in play in any of his 3 trips to the plate (1 SO, 2 BB).

David Bromberg was the starting pitcher for the Snappers. He has pitched well after a couple of rocky starts at the beginning of the season, and I thought this was another well pitched game, 6 IP, 96 pitches, 65 strikes, 6 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER, 7 H. There weren’t any innings where he really labored (23 pitches in the second was the highest of any inning).

I remember Bert Blyleven always used to stick out his tongue when he threw a curveball (or something like that). Could that be what’s going on here with Bromberg? I can’t tell if what type of grip he had on the pitch, but in the other pics of him I don’t see his tongue at all.

David Bromberg

Loek Van Mil came in and pitched two innings of relief, he struck out one, walked two, allowed a run, and got bailed out a little bit when the potential tying run was thrown out as a result of a poorly thought out baserunning adventure (resulting in the most interesting scorebook notation of the day, the 8-2-5-4 double play).

I tried to get some shots of the action that were a bit more dynamic than the pitcher sticking out his tongue, or the batter taking nearly every pitch thrown to him. Matt Dolenc made a nice running catch in right field, the ball was right down the line, as you can see below.

Matt Dolenc

Then, in the top of the fourth, Greg Yersich gunned down a Peoria base-stealer at second.

Caught Stealing

It turns out that the pitch was strike three to the batter, ending the inning and rendering the baserunner meaningless, but I like the picture, so it stays.

Beloit’s offense started with Jair Fernandez reaching base on an error then scoring on Ramon Santana’s two-run single in the second. Joe Benson delivered a 2-out, 3-run double that hit off the center field fence in the air in the fifth inning to put Beloit ahead for good. Matt Williams pitched a perfect ninth to get the save.

More of my pictures of the game are on flickr.