Blown Out On Get Away Day
By Erik Oas:
The last game of a six game home stand was an ugly one that handed the Gems their worst loss against the Applesox in franchise history. Five innings where the Applesox (7-5) scored more than one run doomed the Gems (3-9) to a 17-4 defeat.
Garret Sumpter started for the Gems but only managed to go for 1 2/3 innings, struggling with control issuing four walks. Sumpter was relieved by Austin McGeorge who was able to get out of the second and set down the Applesox in order in the third.
The Gems offense responded in the bottom of the second when Conor Counce homered and then was followed by a Jay Anderson triple. Anderson’s triple was originally caught by the center fielder Sam Brown but the ball took the outfielder to the wall and the collision forced the ball out. Anderson came around to score on a Chayce Ka’aua single and the Gems came to within one run.
Unlike last night a one run game would not last long. The Applesox pulled away when they got to Austin McGeorge who was hit very hard surrendering five hits and four runs in the fourth. McGeorge stayed in the game for the fifth surrendering four hits and four runs again before being lifted in the inning with one out for Ryan Strombom.
The Applesox would add two in the sixth and four more in the eighth to score 14 runs on the night, the most surrendered by the Gems pitching staff this year. Head coach Mitch Karraker had to use five pitchers in the lopsided loss before it was all said and done.
The Gems were able to work the long ball into their offensive attack. Centerfielder Jay Anderson crushed a long drive to dead center that gave the Gems their second home run of the night but both came with no runners on and the offense of the Applsesox was far too much to overcome.
Lost in the offensive explosion of Wenatchee was a brilliant pitching performance by the starter Griffin Canning. Canning went six innings allowing just the two runs in the second on his way to striking out four.
Griffin collected the win his first of the season and is now (1-0) the loss went to Garret Sumpter his second of the season dropping him to (0-2).
The season marches on with a road trip for the first time ever to Yakima Valley to face the Pippins for the first of three. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM with Michael Silva slated to take the ball for the Gems.