Skid Ends at 7
By: Erik Oas
For the past week the Gems were on the road and for the past week the Gems have not won a game. All of that ended at Kiger Stadium on Monday night, in their most convincing win of the season the Gems trounced the Kelowna Falcons 13-6.
The game was all Gems from the beginning. Starter Austin McGeorge turned in his second consecutive impressive outing, going six innings and giving up zero runs. McGeorge dominated, striking out eight and walking just one. His most dominant inning was his first when he struck out the side in order in route to collecting his first win of the season.
Still the story of the night was the offense. After the Gems struggled throughout the road trip to score runs, they hammered Falcons pitching from the first inning onward. In the bottom of the first the Gems tallied five hits to score three runs. Extra base hits were not in short supply with nine of the 15 hits for the Gems going for extra bases. Leading the charge was Dennis Morton who set a Klamath Falls Gems record with five hits, Morton also set a record for doubles in a single game with four.
While Morton had the 5-5 stat line it was Thomas Walker who had the longest home run of the season. In the bottom of the eighth Walker crushed a pitch that nearly reached the canal out in leftfield. The home run gave the Gems a 13-4 advantage.
The only thing that struggled in the Gems high powered win was the bullpen. Michael Hirko and Aaron Landecker had issues with walks. Landecker was asked to go two innings to finish the win, but could not get the final out. Kody Kuhlman was called on with the bases loaded and two runs already in. Kuhlman threw just three pitches and got a lineout to short to give the Gems the win, their first in eight nights.
The win improves the Gems' record to 9-22 on the season and moves them ahead of the Falcons (8-23) in the West Coast League overall standings. The series against Kelowna continues tomorrow with a 6:35 start. Lefty Garrett Sumpter is slated to take the ball for head coach Mitch Karraker.