Medford Bats Explode on Gems Pitching
By Sven Alskog:
The Medford Rogues scored early and often on their way to a 14-3 victory over the Klamath Falls Gems on Sunday night.
After squaring off with each other five times in the regular season at Kiger Stadium, the Gems and Rogues entered Harry and David Field to square off for the first time in the Medford venue this year.
For the Gems, starting pitcher Jordan Kron (0-3) would be facing the Medford lineup for the third time this season, going six strong innings in each of his previous starts. Kron entered the start holding the lowest earned run average in the starting rotation.
Medford started having success against Kron and the Gems early and often Sunday night, tallying a solo run in the first and second innings, adding four more in the third and another in the fourth, leading to an early 7-0 lead for the home team.
Kron was able to hold the Rogues scoreless for the first time in the fifth inning.
On the evening, the UC Riverside product went five innings, yielding seven runs, only three of which were earned, while allowing seven hits and two walks, striking out four.
Throughout the night multiple base runners were left aboard in scoring position for the Gems.
The trend started in the first inning with Justin Bridgman being stranded on second and continued in the next three innings with Carson Breshears being left on third in the second and Bridgman also at third in the ensuing inning.
In the fourth frame, Klamath Falls started things off well again with Dennis Morton reaching after he was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count and Breshears putting runners on first and second with nobody out on a base hit. Medford starting pitcher Nathan Kuchta (2-1) rebounded to escape the threat, shutting the Gems next three batsmen down in order.
On the night Kuchta was outstanding, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out four Gems along the way to earn the win.
Medford added three more runs in the seventh inning to extend their lead to 10-0.
Klamath Falls responded with their first runs of the night in the eighth inning thanks to a dropped fly ball on a hit off the bat of Dennis Morton by Medford right fielder Clayton Meyer, scoring both Jay Anderson and Steven Packard. Thomas Walker then contributed a base hit of his own to plate Morton, cutting the deficit to 10-3.
Still rebounding from an injury suffered earlier in the season against the Gems, Medford pinch hitter Donald Glover Jr. made sure Medford would get some more insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning, launching a two-run homer over the right field fence. Two more runs would be added before the damage was done thanks to the work of Gems reliever Ryan Strombom to retire the final two hitters of the inning.
The Gems return to action on Monday night in Bend to battle the Elks for the first time this season. Game time is 6:35 and all the action can be heard on ESPN 93.3 FM and 960 AM with the voice of the Gems, Erik Oas.