Gems Drop Home Finale
By; Erik Oas
With a chance to knock the Medford Rogues out of the playoffs the Gems fell flat in the final three innings and fell 8-4.
The Rogues were battling for their playoffs lives at Kiger Stadium last night and for the first four innings were out matched by a high energy Gems team that fed of a crowd of over 2,000. The game went back and forth but was led by the Gems on two separate occasions; the last lead the Gems held was after a leadoff solo home run by Dennis Morton in the fourth inning, his sixth of the year.
But the theme of two out hits and runs given by Gems pitching continued. Leading the charge was the Rogues second basemen Yuto Kata who collected a two out hit in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1 and collected another two out RBI hit in the fifth inning to tie the game at 2-2.
The Rogues big rally came in the seventh inning when four runs were tallied off the middle reliever Michael Hirko, all four coming with two outs in the inning. The scoring started with a homer by Nathan Ethridge, which stared a streak of five straight Rogues to reach against Hirko. With four runs in the inning Medford claimed an 8-3 lead that would not be relinquished.
While the Gems could not do the honors of ending the playoff hopes of their rival Medford Rogues their playoff aspirations came to an end just thirty minutes after the final at Kiger Stadium when the Corvallis Knights losing to the Bend Elks 3-1 in Corvallis.
With the end of home games for the 2014 season the Gems still have three games left in Bend before the year comes to an end. Again the Gems can still play spoiler they would likely need to take two of three to end the Elks playoff chances, who are being chased by the Wenatchee Applesox. The Gems have had issues with Elks all season long facing them six times and dropping all six.
The series in Bend begins on Friday with a 6:35 start time and right handed thrower Jordan Kron slated to take the ball.