The Swing of the Quad Cities could not hold onto an early lead as they were defeated, 6-2, by the Beloit Snappers on Friday night at Pohlman Field. The Snappers pitching staff held the Swing to only five hits of the game, although Quad Cities first baseman Mike Ferris did reach three times on the night.
With the game tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the fifth, the Snappers (2-0) exploded for four runs to take a commanding lead. After a one-out walk, a single, and an error loaded the bases, Javi Sanchez's single to center scored Woodard and Winfree to give the Snappers a 4-2 advantage. Landon Burt followed with a bases-clearing double down the first base line to give Beloit a commanding 6-2 edge.
The Snappers bullpen shut down the Swing (0-2) from there, as Quad Cities could not muster a base hit over the final three frames.
The Swing jumped out to their first lead of the season in the top half of the second inning. Ferris reached on an error to open the inning, and Andy Brown followed by roping the first pitch he saw into right field for a single. After a groundout moved up both runners, Brandon Yarbrough hit a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Swing on top.
Quad Cities added to the edge in the third inning, tallying another unearned run. Matt Lemanczyk legged out a one-out infield single to third, and then Juan Lucena roped a double down the left field line. With men at second and third and two outs, Beloit first baseman Johnny Woodard mishandled Ferris' chopper, allowing Lemanczyk to score for a 2-0 Quad Cities edge.
The Snappers got the run back in the bottom half of the frame, using a Mark Zamojc double and a Deacon Burns triple to slice the Swing lead back to run. They tied it up in the fourth, when Woodard and David Winfree had back-to-back two-baggers.
Mike Parisi was dealt the loss for Quad Cities, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven base hits. Jackson Paz struck out four in 1.2 innings, although he did allow Burt's two-run double. Cory Doyne closed it out with a scoreless eighth frame.
For Beloit, former Swing pitcher Kevin Culpepper was the winner. He struck out four and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
UP NEXT: The Swing continue their first series of the season at Beloit on Saturday afternoon, as the Swing send lefty Eric Haberer to the hill against the Snappers' David Shinskie. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00, and pregame coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 is scheduled to get underway at 3:45.
NEXT HOME GAME: After a season-opening seven-game road trip, the Swing will open the home portion of their schedule on Friday, April 15, against the Clinton LumberKings. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.
PROMOTION: The first 1,000 fans through the gates on Friday, April 15, will receive a complimentary Swing magnet schedule. In addition, the game will be followed by fireworks, sponsored by WLLR and Mix 96. Tickets are available to all Swing home games by calling (563) 328-2000.