Few silver linings for Snappers

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Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Snappers starting pitcher Richard Guasch fires in a pitch during Tuesday's game against Burlington at Pohlman Field.

BELOIT - The Beloit Snappers 2019 season has become a search for silver linings.

The Snappers, mired in last place since mid-April, dropped another ugly affair before a sparse crowd on a warm, muggy night at Pohlman Field Tuesday.

The visiting Burlington Bees, a solid team currently pushing for a playoff spot in the Midwest League's Western Division, pounded Beloit 10-4, giving the Snappers a 1-3 start to the homestand.

The Snappers walked six Bees, went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Starting pitcher Richard Guasch allowed six walks in just 2 1-3 innings, which contributed mightily to his six earned runs in that time frame.

Beloit trailed 9-1 before scoring three consolation runs in the seventh.

But where were we? Oh yes, silver linings.

How about the play of third baseman Max Schuemann since being recalled from extended spring training on May 18?

Schuemann, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI Tuesday night, raised his batter average to .351. His on-base percentage is a robust .439, and he's played solid defense at the hot corner.

A 20th-round draft pick of the Oakland A's in 2018, Schuemann will celebrate his 22nd birthday Tuesday.

His numbers are a far cry from his debut season with Vermont of the New York Penn League, where he hit just .195 with one extra-base hit in 123 at-bats.

Schuemann didn't show enough in spring to warrant beginning the season with the Snappers, which he said was a blessing in disguise.

"Being down in extended is a grind, but I honestly think it was the best thing that could've happened to me," Schuemann said. "After spring training, my confidence was really low. Being back there where it's not as much pressure allowed me to build my belief in myself once I started having success. Once I got here, I was feeling good about everything."

Schuemann picked up hits in nine of his first 10 games with the club, including a 4-for-4 performance that included three doubles against Clinton in his fifth game with the club.

Scheumann also seems to have a knack for getting hit by a pitch. After getting plinked nine times last year in Vermont, he's already been hit five times in 57 at-bats in Beloit.

"I've always gotten hit a lot," Schuemann said. "I guess I'm a ball magnet. I don't stand on top of the plate or look to get hit or anything, but I'm not afraid of the ball, either. I've got a few nice welts on me right now."

Hitting coach Juan Dilone said he likes what he sees out of Schuemann.

"He puts together really nice at-bats for us," Dilone said. "He's hitting the ball hard all over the place. About the only thing we've had to work on is getting him on time, because sometimes he's late on the fastball. Overall, he's looking pretty good."

The Snappers will look for more silver linings, and perhaps even a victory, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against the Bees.

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