A 5-0 deficit was erased by the Kane County Cougars in the late innings Wednesday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, but the Beloit Snappers didn't stay even for long as they pulled off an 8-5 victory in 10 innings.
Beloit (70-58, 27-31) carried a 5-0 advantage into the bottom of the eighth when a single, walk and hit batsman loaded the bases before Giuseppe Pappacio came through by driving a triple into the right-field corner to bring home all three runners against Tyler Vail.
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Vail was lifted in favor of Austin House (3-4), who was trusted with the save opportunity, but House couldn't hold the lead.
Trevor Gretzky started a ninth-inning rally by singling into right field. Oliver Zapata moved Gretzky to third with a single to set up Jeimer Candelario. Candelario drove in Gretzky with a single to pull the Cougars (50-73, 20-37) within a run.
Rock Shoulders tied the game at 5-5 with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Zapata.
Beloit didn't waste any time in the 10th against Michael Hamann (2-3). Chris Bostick singled with one out before stealing second and scoring on a single by Ryan Mathews. Matt Olson followed by blasting a 2-run homer to center, his second of the night.
Dakota Bacus started for the Snappers and cooled the Cougars over 6 shutout innings as he allowed just 3 hits. Beloit pushed home all of its runs early against James Pugliese (0-1), who was making his Midwest League debut.
Aaron Shipman started the game by tripling into the right-field corner. Daniel Robertson knocked Shipman home with a groundout to first. Beloit added 2 more in each of the next two innings to go up by 5.
The Cougars and Snappers play the second of their three-game series Thursday from Fifth Third Bank Ballpark at 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Felix Pena (4-6) will start for the Cougars against fellow righty Andres Avila (5-4).