The Swing of the Quad Cities opened an early 5-0 lead but watched as the Beloit Snappers rallied for the final seven runs of the game as they defeated the Swing, 7-5, on Sunday afternoon at Pohlman Field. The Swing dropped three of the four games in their first series of the season, and have an off day Monday before another road series at Wisconsin.
The Swing started the game with a bang, pounding touted pitching prospect Alexander Smit for five runs to send him to an early shower. Matt Lemanczyk was hit by a pitch to open the rally, and, after a strikeout, the Swing lineup came up with four straight base hits. Jake Mullinax singled, and Mike Ferris drove a two-run double to right. Jarrett Hoffpauir followed with a run-scoring single, and Wes Swackhamer followed with a base hit. A Brandon Yarbrough walk loaded the bases, and Sam Herbert's fielder's choice plated Hoffpauir. The Swing closed the scoring on the inning with a successful double steal, as Herbert swiped second and Swackhamer sprinted to the plate.
The Snappers chipped away against Quad Cities starter Kyle McClellan, using three doubles to score twice in the third and twice in the fourth inning.
Beloit then took the lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning, as Trevor Plouffe and David Winfree each blasted solo home runs against Miguel Aguero. After Aguero was replaced by Justin Knoff, Tarrence Patterson ripped a solo blast to center to put the Snappers on top, 7-5.
The Swing threatened in both the eighth and ninth innings, bringing the tying run to the plate. But Yarbrough's deep fly ball died at the warning track in the eighth frame, and the Swing couldn't move Simon Williams up after his one-out single in the ninth.
McClellan lasted five innings for the Swing, allowing four runs on five hits to get no decision. He struck out five and did not walk a man.
Aguero was saddled with the loss for the Swing, allowing two runs in one-third of an inning in his Swing debut. After Knoff went 1.1 frames, Kevin Ool finished the afternoon for Quad Cities, allowing just one hit in 1.1 innings. For the game, Quad Cities pitchers struck out six and walked none. The Swing pitching staff has issued just three walks in its first four game of the season.
The Snappers bullpen shut down Quad Cities for 8.1 innings, allowing only three base hits. Former Swing pitcher Kevin Culpepper picked up his second win of the series, allowing only two hits over three scoreless innings.
UP NEXT: After an off day on Monday, the Swing open up a three-game series at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Tuesday. Quad Cities will send righty Justin Brown to the mound in his Swing debut against Wisconsin lefty Mumba Rivera. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35, and coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 will begin at 6:20.
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 Lumber Kings. 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.