The Snappers, Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, put up the game’s first run in the top of the first frame with a leadoff solo home run by center fielder James Harris. The Kernels answered when they took a 2-1 lead in the second inning with some timely RBI’s by Pat Kelly and Blake Schmit. Righty Dustin Driver got in a quick spot start for the Snappers but gave way to Jordan Schwartz in the third.
Kernels right handed pitcher Keaton Stele was having a decent outing (sans the first inning lead off home run) until the third when he gave up back-to-back home runs to Snappers shortstop Yairo Munoz and designated hitter Sandber Pimentel (Pictured above, Pimentel is on the Left), giving the Southern Wisconsin squad a 3-2 lead.
The home run barrage continued in the top of the fifth inning when Trey Vavra took one straight away to center field, which also ended Jordan Schwartz’s day on the mound for the Snappers. Edwin Diaz got to second base for Beloit on a fielding error by the Kernels’ TJ White at third base. James Harris drew the walk and next up was Trent Gilbert who sacrifice flied out to center driving in Diaz. Harris finished off the fifth inning with his second runoff the day giving his team a 5-3 lead going into the sixth inning.
Yairo Munoz, not to be outdone by the other home run contributors of the afternoon, hit his second bomb of the contest in the bottom of the seventh plunking the left field foul pole, extending the Snappers’ lead 6-3 heading into the eighth.
Carlos Navas pitched a solid eighth inning, but started the ninth giving up a hit and a walk with only one out. He then gave up a two-run single to Zack Larson leaving the Snappers with only a one run advantage. Brett Doe came to the plate for the Kernels still with one out and the bases now loaded, knocking in one run with a sac fly to straight away center. Tyler Kuresa grounded out leaving a few on base but the damage was done as Cedar Rapids tied the game 6-6 in the top of the ninth. Beloit couldn’t get anything going their half of the frame sending the game into extra innings.
Cedar Rapids failed to score in their half of the tenth giving way to Beloit who managed to load the bases with one out. Shawn Duinkerk came to the plate and after cracking a few foul balls put one over the Kernels’ Nick Gordon at shortstop for the winning RBI driving in Sander Pimentel. Jose Tores notched the win in this contest brining his season record even to 3-3.
I talked to the Snappers PA Announcer Bobby Coon after the game and he mentioned, “Yairo Munoz will most likely be awarded ‘farm hand of the week’ for this two-home run effort in today’s contest.” He’s having a modest season slashing a respectable .268/.292/.365 to go along with his four home runs and 22 RBI’s.
The Snappers (18-25) have the Kernels (26-17) again tomorrow afternoon, 2pm CT at Polman Field in Beloit, WI to end their eight game home stand.