Stranded Base Runners Doom Gems
By Sven Alskog:
An outstanding pitching effort from Jordan Kron and Kyle Detwiler kept the Klamath Falls Gems in the game Wednesday night at Kiger Stadium, however multiple scoring opportunities late were shut down by Wenatchee AppleSox pitching, resulting in a 2-1 loss for the home team.
Trailing by a run entering the seventh inning, the Gems would put pressure on Wenatchee reliever John Pomeroy when Jay Anderson reached on an error and Jake Whisler moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Pomeroy, the flamethrower out of the pen for the AppleSox, consistently reached the upper 90s on Wednesday. Command issues at times did benefit the Gems though, as a wild pitch advanced Anderson to third. John Williams would then strike out before Carson Breshears and Thomas Walker both drew walks to load the bases with two outs for Jordan Abernathy. The UC Riverside product would fall victim to a swinging strikeout, ending the threat.
The eighth inning was more of the same for the Gems, as Brett Cumberland reached third with nobody out but was left stranded following a strong effort by Wenatchee pitching.
In the ninth, Williams began the inning with a grounder to second baseman Caleb Wood. As has been seen time and time again at Kiger Stadium, a nasty hop and a bobble later created a close play at first. Base umpire Alex Chavez would call Williams out, resulting in Mitch Karraker storming from the dugout and the Wednesday night crowd of 913 loudly making their cases to no avail.
Following the tough start to the inning, the Gems would rebound to get runners on first and second, however AppleSox reliever Tyler Frost would get out of the jam by forcing Cumberland to slap one to second base for the final out.
Kron (0-1) turned in the second strong performance in a row on the mound by a Gems starter, tossing six innings and allowing two runs in his Klamath Falls debut, while Detwiler twirled three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
The lone run for the Gems came in the third inning thanks to two Wenatchee errors and a Walker RBI single to score Williams.
Wenatchee tallied their two in the second inning with two outs. Three walks, a base hits and a strange fielder’s choice play to end the inning gave the AppleSox their runs. A base running blunder following Cooper Elliot touching home resulted in the Gems tagging out Tyler Frost in between second and third for the final out.
Both teams return to action tomorrow for the rubber match of the three game series with first pitch coming at 6:35 p.m. Thursday is $2 beverage night at Kiger Stadium presented by Aftershock Sports Bar. Enjoy domestic beer and soda specials all night long. If you can’t make it the ballpark you can catch all the action on ESPN 93.3 FM and 960 AM with the voice of the Gems, Erik Oas.