Clinton right-hander Forrest Snow was unhittable for six innings Tuesday night at Pohlman Field, but the Beloit Snappers scratched out a run off right-hander Matt Bischoff in the seventh and held on for a 1-0 Midwest League baseball victory.
Snow walked two and struck out eight in his second career start, combining with Bischoff and right-hander Tyler Burgoon on a one-hitter. However, that one hit helped set up the game-winning run in the seventh.
Bischoff (0-1) issued a one-out walk to Oswaldo Arcia and then allowed Beloit’s only hit — a Michael Gonzales single to right — to put the go-ahead run at third base. Daniel Ortiz then lifted a ball to deep left for a sacrifice fly, scoring Arcia for a 1-0 lead.
The LumberKings still had a shot to win it in the top of the ninth as Marcus Littlewood and Mickey Wiswall lined back-to-back one-out singles off right-hander Matt Hauser. The comeback derailed there as Hauser struck out Stefen Romero and coaxed Tim Morris into a flyout to center, ending the game for his first save.
Clinton batters struck out a combined 15 times against four Snappers pitchers, including starter Manuel Soliman, who fanned six over four one-hit innings. Left-hander Martire Garcia (1-0) won with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts.
Littlewood and Rivers each finished 2-for-3 in the losing cause for the Kings, who out-hit Beloit 5-1.
The LumberKings (1-5) have now lost four straight games and occupy last place in the West Division. They continue the series with Beloit (4-2) at 6:30 p.m. today. Right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen (0-1, 7.36 ERA) will make his second appearance for Clinton. Right-hander B.J. Hermsen (0-1, 0.00), who played high school baseball at West Delaware High School in Manchester, starts for Beloit.