Prospect League

Dominant Seidel gets Gems back to .500

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 13, 2018 12:15 am

QUINCY -- There seemed to be a brief moment of panic in the Quincy Gems' dugout at the beginning of the sixth inning Tuesday night.

Gems starting pitcher Austen Seidel had cruised through five scoreless innings against the Lafayette Aviators, but he had thrown 74 pitches as he jogged to the mound in the sixth.

After a couple of pitches, the Gems' coaching staff became aware Seidel was rapidly approaching the Prospect League-mandated 85-pitch count limit, but no relievers were warming up in the bullpen. While the Gems frantically sent Tyler Engel to the bullpen to get loose, Seidel continued to work.

He bought the Gems a few extra minutes.

Seidel eventually threw 90 pitches because he started his last batter with fewer than 85, and he recorded his eighth strikeout and the last out of the sixth with his 90th pitch.

Seidel finished with six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, as the Gems beat the Aviators 4-0 at QU Stadium. The Gems (6-6) are now one game behind Danville for second place in the West Division.

"Before I went out there, they said I had one more inning and they were going to get me at 85 (pitches)," Seidel said. "I just went out there and struck out the last guy on my 90th pitch. I'll take it."

Seidel allowed only one hit to the final 16 batters he faced, but Lafayette's Brady Huebbe was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double in the third.

"His velocity was a little down, but he was just hitting spots," Gems manager Rick Fraire said. "We were cruising. It was a good baseball game to watch on both sides."

Seidel, a freshman from New Braunfels, Texas, retired the final 10 he faced, and he struck out the side in the sixth.

"They were just looking for more fastballs in the later innings," Seidel said. "I just kept them off balance by throwing them breaking balls instead of fastballs, and it worked."

The Gems gifted Seidel with a 2-0 lead after Blake Adams smacked his first home run of the season on a line drive two-run shot over the wall in left in the first inning. Adams then doubled in the bottom of the fifth to score Ryan Knernschield for a 3-0 lead.

"To feel the barrel on the ball is good to feel again," said Adams, who has seven hits in his last 12 at-bats to raise his batting average from .172 to .293 in the last three games. "The light kind of comes on."

The Gems added an insurance run in the eighth. Cody Klotz hit a two-out triple to deep left and scored on Kyle Crowl's RBI single.

Lafayette (2-10) had just four hits. Its best chance to score came in the eighth inning when it had the bases loaded, but reliever Tyson Banks got Zach Heeke to ground out to first base.

Gems 4, Aviators 0

Lafayette Quincy

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Powers ss 4 0 0 0 Rodriguez cf 3 1 1 0

Ball 1b 3 0 0 0 Adams lf 4 1 2 3

Heeke lf 4 0 2 0 Klotz rf 4 1 1 0

Libman cf 4 0 0 0 Birdsong 2b 4 0 1 1

Dobos c 4 0 0 0 Stokes pr-2b 0 0 0 0

Tharp rf 4 0 1 0 Crowl ss 4 0 2 0

Crank 3b 3 0 0 0 Huber 3b 4 0 0 0

Cryar 2b 3 0 0 0 McGuire 1b 3 0 1 0

Huebbe dh 2 0 1 0 Montgomery dh 2 0 0 0

Young dh 1 0 0 0

Knernschield c 2 1 1 0

Totals 31 0 4 0 Totals 31 4 9 4

Lafayette 000 000 000 -- 0

Quincy 200 010 01x -- 4

E--Crank, Huber, McGuire. LOB--Lafayette 7, Quincy 5. 2B--Adams. 3B--Klotz. HR--Adams. SB--Crowl. CS--Rodriguez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Lafayette

Gilmore L,0-1 5 6 3 2 0 3

Patton 3 3 1 1 1 5

Quincy

Seidel W,1-0 6 2 0 0 0 8

Engel 1 1 0 0 0 0

Kemp 1-3 0 0 0 1 0

Banks S,1 1 2-3 1 0 0 1 1

Umpires -- Plate, Steve Mast; Bases, Cole Lockhart. T -- 2:19.

 

 

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