Silva Struggles, Gems Fall 11-2

By Sven Alskog:


Klamath Falls Gems starting pitcher Michael Silva (0-4) struggled mightily Wednesday night in Bend, only lasting 1/3 of an inning in an 11-2 loss to the Elks.


For the fourth start in a row Silva would not last past the second inning, this time allowing three hits, five walks and the seven runs.


With the five walks, Silva now has 35 on the season, a season record for the Gems and the highest total for a pitcher in the West Coast League since the 41 in 2011 for David Otterman of the Kelowna Falcons.


The first five batters on the evening for Bend would be walked, contributing to two runs. Another run was added on a Brock Carpenter base hit before Jo Carrol delivered the knockout punch with a grand slam, making it 7-0 Elks.


Bend native Michael Hirko alleviated the damage for the remainder of the frame and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on a hit, a walk and two strikeouts.


The Gems tacked on two runs in the top of the third inning thanks to two Bend errors and RBI’s from Steven Packard and Dennis Morton.


Bend added two in the fourth, one in the fifth and another in the sixth on their way to victory.


Jake Whisler made what could be called the play of the season so far for the Gems in the fifth inning, running full speed towards the outfield and diving full extension to rob Jake Peevyhouse of a base hit.


The loss is the fourth in a row for Klamath Falls, dropping them to 8-19 on the season, tied with Kelowna for the worst record in the West Coast League.


Coming off the sweep at the hands of the Elks, the Gems will return to action in Corvallis on Thursday night. Game time is 6:40 and all the action can be heard on ESPN 93.3 FM and 960 AM with the voice of the Gems, Erik Oas.