BELOIT - One bad inning kept the Beloit Snappers from sweeping the visiting Quad Cities River Bandits Thursday night at Pohlman Field.
After a crisp 2-0 victory in the opener, the Snappers held a 4-0 lead in the second game before the Bandits seized control of the game with a six-run third inning in an eventual 8-6 win to earn the split.
In game one, all of the offensive action came within three batters. In a scoreless game in the bottom of the fifth, Anthony Churlin lifted his first home run of the season to give Beloit the lead. After Max Schuemann was retired, Devin Foyle turned the trick as well, cracking a solo shot to account for all of the game's scoring.
Rafael Kelly made a solid first impression on the mound for Beloit, throwing six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits. Kelly, a 22-year old who had struggled in five games in Stockton, didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
Eric Marinez came out of the bullpen to pitch a perfect ninth inning and record his 10th save of the season.
In the nightcap, the Snappers scored four times in the bottom of the second inning, with Foyle connecting with an RBI double, Cobie Vance picking up a sacrifice fly and Lester Madden driving in a pair of runs with a double.
The roof caved in on Snappers starting pitcher Reid Birlingmair (2-3) in the third inning when the Bands erupted for the six runs. Birlingmair was touched up for a solo home run in the fourth frame to make it 7-4 before being removed from the game.
The Snappers got to within a run after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, with a wild pitch scoring one and a single by Churlin plating the other.
Quad Cities scored an insurance run in the sixth and the River Bandits pitchers tallied 16 strikeouts in the seven-inning game.
The Snappers will head to Kane County to take on the Cougars Friday night in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.