BELOIT, Wisc. – The Loons lost a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, and despite rallying to tie the game in the ninth, fell 10-9 in 12 innings to the Beloit Snappers on an otherwise gorgeous Monday evening at Pohlman Field.
The Loons offense scuffled over a 2-4 homestand last week, tallying 11 runs and 31 hits over six games. On an 80-degree night in south-central Wisconsin, the Loons offense churned to life and pelted three home runs and eight total extra-base hits as part of a 13-hit night and commanded the game until the bottom of the eighth inning.
Beloit stunned the Loons with a six-run rally in the frame, keyed by two early walks allowed by right-hander Riley Ottesen. After consecutive doubles trimmed the Loons’ lead to just one run, an infield single by left-hander Jack Meggs placed runners at the corners with one out. Ottesen picked up the second out of the frame and then departed as righty Andre Scrubb emerged from the bullpen.
On Scrubb’s second pitch, Jesus Lopez, whose batting average stood at .190 at the start of the night, crushed a ball over the wall in center to give Beloit a 7-5 lead.
The Loons steadied, however, and forced extras when Carlos Rincon delivered the team’s biggest hit of the season on a two-out opposite-field home run to right off Jesus Zambrano. Rincon finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and was a triple shy of the cycle in a breakout performance. He had not hit a home run since April 8.
Playing in extras for the first time this season, the marked the Loons’ first exposure to Minor League Baseball’s rule that allows for a runner to begin an extra frame on second base with no outs. While the Loons cashed in on this advantage in the 11th and the 12th, they were unable to tally a big inning and Beloit was able to respond in kind.
Beloit tied the game for the second time in extras on the first pitch of the bottom of the 12th when Meggs laced a double into the right-center field gap off Loons’ southpaw Devin Hemmerich. A chess match ensued as the Loons issued an intentional walk, only to have first base reopen on a sacrifice bunt by Lopez. Another intentional walk by the Loons loaded the bases, but Trace Loehr’s first-pitch liner into left scored Meggs and brought the game to an end.
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