BELOIT, WI - Brett Vertigan picked up three hits, knocked in three runs and scored a fourth as the Beloit Snappers knocked off the West Michigan Whitecaps 9-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Pohlman Field in Midwest League action with 819 on hand.
The Snappers reached .500 with the win at 11-11. West Michigan now has a record of 10-13.
Vertigan (3-5, 3 RBI, run) got Beloit's offense going right away, as the lead-off batter dropped a double into center. He eventually came around to score the game's first run on a wild pitch. The centerfielder was in the middle of another run-scoring rally in the third. After starter Montreal Robinson (1-3) loaded the bases with two walks and a single, Ryan Mathews drew another walk to force in a run. That brought up Vertigan, who legged out an infield hit for an RBI and Christopher Bostick made the score 4-0 with a sacrifice fly.
West Michigan picked up a run in the third, but the Snappers answered right back with a John Wooten RBI single to restore the four run advantage. Three more runs in the fifth, two of them courtesy of a Vertigan double, increased the lead to 8-1.
On the mound, the Snappers got three solid innings from starter Michael Ynoa. In the fourth, Chris Lamb (1-0) came out of the 'pen and pitched two scoreless frames, facing the minimum six batters. Lamb was later credited with the victory.
With new pitcher Dakota Bacus on in the sixth, the Whitecaps tried to fight their way back into the game. They tallied one in the sixth on three straight singles to start the inning, but missed a chance for more when Bacus retired the next three men in order. Mario Martinez started the sixth with his second homer of the season and West Michigan later put two men on with two out for Jeff Holm (3-5, 2 RBI). Holm lined an RBI single to right and an error on the play plated another runner, shaving the deficit to 8-5, but they could get no closer.
Tucker Healy took over in the eighth and tossed a perfect inning. After Renato Nunez provided some insurance with a solo jack, his team-high fifth this year, in the ninth, Healy threw scoreless ball again in the ninth, sealing the win and grabbing his first save of the season.
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