Poor Start Dooms Gems
By Erik Oas:
Coming off one of their most impressive win of the season last night, the Gems fell in convincing fashion in the second game of a three game series against the Kelowna Falcons, 9-2. The loss drops the Gems into a tie with the Falcons at 9-23 for the worst record in the West Coast League.
Starter Garrett Sumpter struggled in his final start of the season only managing to go just 2 2/3 innings. Sumpter left the bases loaded in the third inning after he struggled with the walk, issuing seven free passes. When the outing ended for the lefthander he had allowed four runs, three of which were earned.
The Kelowna Falcons offense kept on scoring after Sumpter departed. Newly announced West Coast League All-Star Scotland Church homered into right center off reliever Ryan Strombom. The Falcons would not be held scoreless in an inning until the sixth inning. In the ninth inning the Falcons struck for two more runs when Michael Silva made his first appearance out of the bullpen and struggled with the walk again. Silva walked the first two batters he faced and both came around to score on a Ryan Degner double down the first base line.
On the offensive side of things the Gems offense returned to their malaise during the long road trip. Only two runs came across for the Gems, both on two solo home runs. Both home runs were no cheapies. Thomas Walker hit the first, way over the left field wall and was followed by Dennis Morton an inning later who continued his torrid hitting with his team leading third home run of the season.
The two runs were not enough for the Gems who fell 9-2. The loss will set up a rubber game against the Falcons tomorrow for a special 2:05PM start at Kiger stadium. Tanner Irwin is slated to take the ball for the Gems.