GENEVA – There was no shortage of late-inning drama at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Monday.
Yet, for the Cougars, there was no walk-off magic to be had, despite threatening with runners on first and third and shortstop David Bote at the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
“I was just looking for a pitch to drive,” said Bote, who flied out to end the game. “The only thing you think about is putting a spin on the ball, and let it go where it may … we put ourselves in position to win, and we'll get them next time.”
In the top of the ninth inning, Beloit catcher Phillip Pohl reached with a one-out single. After a passed ball allowed him to advance to second, Kane County relief pitcher Michael Wagner bounced back with a strikeout of Ryan Mathews. But right fielder Tyler Marincov quickly put an end to the Snappers' four inning scoring drought as he clubbed a two-run home run that proved decisive in Beloit's 3-2 win in front of 5,039 fans for the matinee.
Cougars starting pitcher Daury Torrez scattered four hits over seven innings along with four strikeouts to take the a no-decision. Relief pitcher Michael Wagner (1-2) was saddled with the loss.
“Daury looked good,” Cougars manager Mark Johnson said. “He made some good pitches. … It was one of those grindy kind of outings, but he did what he was supposed to.”
Snappers starting pitcher Lou Trivino (4-8) went six innings, allowing two hits and two runs.
“It's just one of those days,” Johnson said. “We hit a couple balls hard, but couldn't string anything together.”
After a quiet two innings for both teams, Beloit's B.J. Boyd got the Snappers going with a one-out single. After a Branden Cogswell single advanced Boyd to third, Chih Fang Pan hit a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
The Cougar basepaths started to heat up in the fifth inning. After two quick outs, right fielder Kevin Brown and left fielder Trey Martin reached on back-to-back walks. Bote made his presence felt with a two-run double, which allowed the Cougars to take a 2-1 lead. Earlier, Bote also flashed the leather, robbing Pohl of a hit with a diving stop and quick toss to first in the second inning.
The Cougars (62-32 overall, 17-7 second half) will hit the road for a six-game trip, first stopping off in Lansing to take on the Lugnuts for three games and then the Great Lakes Loons for three more. It will be the first time Kane County will play either team this year.
Johnson is looking for his team to maintain the tempo it has exhibited on the mound.
“We want to throw strikes," he said. "We've been doing a good job of that. I expect a good outing.”