Baseball: Tyler Marincov’s pop fly puts fizz into Cougars’ effort

Beloit 3, Cougars 2

Recap: Beloit’s Tyler Marincov hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Snappers the comeback win. Starter Daury Torrez was sparkling over seven innings and David Bote cracked a two-run double for the Cougars.

Cougars record: 62-32 overall, 17-7 second half

Up next: Kane County (Juan Paniagua 6-3) at Lansing (TBD), 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, WBIG-AM (1280), (kccougars.com)

Following a one-hour rain delay before the first pitch, the flags at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark sat limp in center field for most of the day.

But for a brief moment in the top of the ninth, the breeze picked up just enough for Beloit’s Tyler Marincov to barely clear the right field wall and give the Snappers a 3-2 win over the Cougars.

Reliever Michael Wagner was one out away from locking down the save and giving Daury Torrez his 10th win of the season when Marincov’s pop fly to right barely eluded the glove of Kevin Brown and just cleared the wall for a home run.

“We usually do that,” Cougars shortstop David Bote said. “We’ve had it happen a couple of times. That happens. It’s part of the game. We’ve kind of gone back and forth with these guys (Cougars third baseman Jeimer Candelario cracked a walk-off home run Sunday against Beloit). It’s not fun to be on this side of it.”

Bote was really struggling at the plate since the All-Star break, hitting .204 in 17 games. But he had the big hit that put the Cougars (62-32, 17-7 second half) in the lead. In the bottom of the fifth, his two-run double plated Brown and Trey Martin to open a 2-1 lead.

“I was just looking for a pitch to drive,” Bote said. “I just wanted to hit it hard and let it do what it may. It felt good.”

The way Torrez was pitching, it looked like that would be enough. He went seven innings, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out four. The run he allowed was unearned.

It was the third time in Torrez’s last four starts that he went at least seven innings.

“He looked good,” Cougars manager Mark Johnson said. “It was a grindy kind of outing, but he pitched well. He got sped up a little bit when some guys got on, but he showed some maturity and made pitches.”

Meanwhile, Snappers starter Lou Trivino kept the Cougars’ hitters guessing and didn’t allow them to add on to their slim lead. He allowed only two hits in six innings of work. Joseph Michaud (1-0) earned the win in relief for Beloit (37-57, 6-18 second half).

“(Trivino) was locating really well,” Bote said. “Any time a pitcher can locate, he’ll do well. He pitched really well. We didn’t get as many runs as we would have liked, but we had a chance to win.”

Marincov’s home run off of Wagner (1-2) gave Beloit the lead for good, but the Cougars weren’t finished. There were runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for Bote, but he popped out to end it.

“He gave me a good pitch and I just got under it,” Bote said. “It was a slider up, a good pitch to hit, I just got under it.”

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Beloit 3, Cougars 2

Recap: Beloit’s Tyler Marincov hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Snappers the comeback win. Starter Daury Torrez was sparkling over seven innings and David Bote cracked a two-run double for the Cougars.

Cougars record: 62-32 overall, 17-7 second half

Up next: Kane County (Juan Paniagua 6-3) at Lansing (TBD), 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, WBIG-AM (1280), (kccougars.com)

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