Slumping first baseman provides all five runs in 5-3 victory over Beloit; Ool gets league-leading seventh win
Mike Ferris drilled a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon as the Swing of the Quad Cities defeated the Beloit Snappers, 5-3, at John O'Donnell Stadium. A season-high crowd of 4,322 watched as Kevin Ool worked 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his league-leading seventh win of the season while Ferris drove in all five runs to send the Swing to victory.
The win was the Swing's 12th comeback win of the season, and moved them to 19-16, three games above .500 for the first time of the year. Because Wisconsin was defeated by Lansing on Sunday, Quad Cities also moves into a tie for second place at the midpoint of the first half of the season.
Beloit broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth inning, and the score stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. Jarrett Hoffpauir opened the eighth inning with a walk against reliever Steven Duguay, who had a 1.19 ERA entering the game. After two straight strikeouts, third baseman Jake Mullinax fouled off several pitches before drawing a walk to bring Ferris to the plate. Ferris wasted no time as he belted the first pitch he saw beyond the berm in right field for a 5-3 Swing lead. The home run was Ferris' fifth of the season and second of the game.
Jaymie Torres came on for the bottom of the ninth inning, retiring all three men he faced for his second save of the season. Kevin Ool worked 1.1 scoreless innings in front of Torres, walking two men and allowing a base hit but working out of trouble. Ool, who had walked only one man in his first 15 outings of the year, dropped his ERA to 1.77 while picking up his seventh win of the season.
The Swing took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Derry Hammond led off the frame with a flare single into right field and, after the next two batters could not advance him, Ferris blasted a two-out, 3-2 pitch to center for a two-run homer.
But the Snappers tied it up in the next half-inning, as David Winfree and Jeremy Pickrel drove home runs. The Snappers took the lead in the top of the fourth inning, when Javi Sanchez and Paul Rutgers had back-to-back doubles with two outs.
Quad Cities' Matt Scherer lasted a season-high 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.
UP NEXT: The Snappers and Swing continue the four-game set on Monday night, as Dennis Dove (3-2, 3.55) takes the hill against lefty Alexander Smit (1-4, 6.99)ets the start against Jay Rainville (2-2, 4.97). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00, and pregame coverage will begin with the pre-game show at 6:45 PM on Progressive Talk WKBF-1270.
PROMOTION: Monday will be a Swing into Reading day, as the Swing congratulate area students on their accomplishments. It will also be Buy One, Get One for a Buck Day, with the promotion good for both general admission and box seating. Tickets are available for all Swing games by calling (563) 328-2000.