Kernels snap Beloit's streak at 3

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Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Snappers starting pitcher Angelio Infante fires in a pitch during Tuesday night's game at Pohlman Field.

BELOIT - The Beloit Snappers couldn't keep the good times rolling Tuesday night at Pohlman Field.

The Snappers, who had won three straight games, dropped a 5-2 decision to the Cedar Rapids Kernels to stop the streak.

The Kernels jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, and Beloit's bats could muster just four four hits on the evening.

Cedar Rapids leadoff hitter Gilberto Celestino equaled the Snappers hit output himself, going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI's and two runs scored.

Celestino's leadoff blast against Snappers starter Angelio Infante (1-3) got the game started on the wrong foot for the Snappers.

Beloit manager Lloyd Turner, whose team has gone 7-5 in its past 12 games, said he's been encouraged by what he's seen over the last two weeks.

"We've been performing better in all phases," Turner said. "Our pitchers are doing well, even though we may seem limited at times. And our offense is backing them. That doesn't mean we are doing everything right. Our guys are still developing and learning, but they are getting the job done at the right time. In baseball, timing is everything."

Beloit trailed 5-0 in the seventh when Anthony Churlin cracked his third home run of the season to put Beloit on the board.

The Snappers made some noise in the ninth as well, with Max Schuemann driving in Nick Ward with a sacrifice fly. The tying run was in the on-deck circle when Joseph Pena struck out to end the game.

It was a team effort for the Cedar Rapids staff, with Brian Rapp throwing three scoreless frames to begin the game and three relievers shutting down the Snappers for the most part over the final six frames.

Jose Martinez (7-30) picked up the win with three scoreless frames.

"They were running out some decent pitchers tonight," Turner said. "We were just looking for some quality at-bats, and we saw towards the end of the game they were doing that. We just couldn't string enough together to make it happen."

Chase Cohen struck out seven hitters in 2 2-3 innings of relief, while Brandon Withers finished the contest with 1 1 1-3 innings of scoreless ball.

With a little more than a month left in the Midwest League schedule and the team far out of playoff contention, the Snappers must focus inward if they are to finish strong, according to Turner.

"We are still competing out here," Turner said. "You're competing for your career, and you're competing for the sake of the integrity of being a professional athlete. With our record the way that it is, I told the guys today that we should look to be the team that spoils it for the other team. We have to do the best we can all the way until the end.

"We can't allow the other teams to think this is going to be a cakewalk. We've got to finish strong, because at the end of the day, it's still a reflection of who they are as individuals, and it can impact how the organization thinks about them heading into next year."

Tuesday's boxscore

kernels 5, snappers 2

Cedar Rapids Beloit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Celstino cf 4 2 4 2 Scuhmn 3b 2 0 0 0

Snyder 1b 5 2 2 1 Pena 2b 4 0 1 0

Javier ss 5 0 0 0 Foyle cf 1 0 0 0

Akins rf 4 0 2 0 Jones dh 4 0 0 0

Casanva c 4 0 2 2 Churlin rf 3 1 1 1

Weiss dh 4 0 0 0 Weber c 3 0 0 0

Webb lf 4 0 0 0 Brito ss 1 0 0 0

De La Tr 3b 4 1 1 0 Sanchez 1b 1 0 0 0

Ozona 2b 3 0 0 0 Ward 1b-3b 3 1 1 0

Madden lf 4 0 1 0

Totals 37 5 11 5 Totals 26 2 4 2

Cedar Rapids 202 001 000 - 5

Beloit 000 000 101 - 2

DP-Cedar Rapids 1 LOB-Cedar Rapids 9, Beloit 9. 2B-Snyder, Madden HR-Celestineo (7), Snyder (12), Churlin (3). SB-Foyle. CS-Scheumann

IP H R ER BB SO

Cedar Rapids

Rapp 3 0 0 0 2 3

Martinez (W, 7-3) 3 1 0 0 3 0

Hadley 1.2 2 1 1 3 2

Perez (S, 1) 1.1 1 1 1 1 1

Beloit

Infante (L, 1-3) 5 6 4 4 1 3

Cohen 2.2 4 1 1 2 7

Withers 1.1 1 0 0 0 2

T-3:18. A-946

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