Gems allow nine runs in final two innings of home loss to Clinton
QUINCY – The Quincy Gems led 7-5 after seven innings and were on the verge of a three-game winning streak.
However, the Clinton LumberKings scored twice in the top of the eighth to even the score, then added seven points in the top of the ninth to earn a 14-7 win over the Gems on Saturday night in a Prospect League game at the QU-Stadium. .
The Gems (2-2) are one game behind first-place Normal in the Great River Division.
A two-run, two-out home run by Rayth Peterson tied the LumberKings’ score in the eighth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, and Gems manager Brad Gyorkos brought in Daniel Hargrave to replace Ryan Foley.
Jeremy Conforti hosted Hargrave with an RBI single, and Connor Giusti made two more runs with a single. An error by Gems second baseman Jordan Duncan allowed Conforti to score, and Tyler Dahm kicked another run with a single.
A single from Peterson charged the bases again and Taeg Gollert forced a run when he drew a step. Nick Fleckenst threw a double play that allowed a run to score for the final run of the inning.
The Gems scored on a run in the second, then took the lead with two runs in the third on a goal-laden walk by Zach Stewart and an RBI groundout by Jordan Duncan.
Clinton took the lead with four runs in the fourth, but the Gems eventually tied the game with a run in fourth, two in fifth on a two-run homer from Stewart and an outfielder pick by Tye Wood in the seventh. .
Stewart and Andrew Fay both had two hits for the Gems. Foley was scarred by the loss.
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