BELOIT, Wis. – A season-high 20-hit outburst boosted the Cougars to an 11-8 victory over the Beloit Snappers on Thursday night at Pohlman Field, evening the series at one game a piece.
Each starting pitcher faced the minimum three hitters in the first inning, but the Cougars (38-59, 8-23) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Jeimer Candelario doubled and scored on a Rock Shoulders' double. Willson Contreras drove home Shoulders with a single. Kevin Encarnacion and Gioskar Amaya also added a run against Dylan Covey.
Covey gave up two more in the third as Willson Contreras hit a two-run home run, but Michael Heesch gave five right back to the Snappers (62-40, 19-13) in the bottom of the third. Daniel Robertson cracked a two-run double before a three-run home run off the bat of Chris Bostick.
Beloit tied the game at 6 in the bottom of the fourth with Bostick singling home Brett Vertigan. Reggie Golden quickly broke the tie in the fifth inning with a single to bring up Shoulders against Nolan Sanburn (0-3). Shoulders ripped a solo home run in the seventh while the Cougars broke the game open with a three-spot in the eighth.
Justin Amlung (4-4) tossed two innings out of the Cougars' bullpen while Armando Rivero and Sheldon McDonald combined for three shutout innings. Al Yevoli allowed two tallies in the bottom of the ninth in his professional debut.
The Cougars and Snappers finish their three-game series tonight at 7 p.m. at Pohlman Field. Right-hander Felix Pena (3-3) starts for the Cougars against fellow righty Dakota Bacus (8-3).