Prospect League

Gems come up short against Danville at home

By FRANK CASH
Sports Writer | 217-223-3376
sports@whig.com | @SportsWHIG
Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 12:10 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems believe they are headed in the right direction in their Prospect League series against Danville.

After losing to the Dans 12-0 Saturday night, the Gems left the tying run on base at the end of Sunday's 7-5 setback at QU Stadium.

The teams wrap up their three-game series Monday at Danville.

"We're getting there (against Danville," Quincy second baseman Cody Birdsong said. "We're not getting blown out every game. We had a shot tonight. We were right there at the end."

The Gems (15-21) have dropped 12 of their last 13 games. They trail West Division leader Terre Haute by 8 1/2 games, while second-place Danville is four games out.

Facing reliever and Quincy Notre Dame product Johnny Ray, Quincy's Bailey Montgomery led off the bottom off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to cut Danville's lead to 7-5.

One out later, Kyle Crowl walked. After Cody Klotz's flyball out to the warning track, Aaron Campbell singled to right field, moving Crowl to second base.

Ray ended the threat and the game by striking out pinch-hitter Ryan Mantle with a 2-2 fastball.

"We're doing what we need to be doing. We're getting runners on base," said Birdsong, who singled in his last two at-bats and reached on an error earlier in the game. "But we're not moving runners around like we should be. If we do that, we'll score more runs."

The Gems left 10 on base, including runners at second and third in the third and eighth innings.

Earlier in the eighth, Quincy cut the lead to 7-4 when Birdsong singled home Klotz, who had led off with a double.

Timely hitting is a work in progress for the Gems.

"That one hit we needed, we kept getting a little late tonight," Quincy manager Rick Fraire said. "We made a couple of mistakes, and we had to work past that. Once we start getting several players hitting at the same time, we'll be in pretty good shape."

The Gems showed they could rally.

Danville took a 3-1 lead in the third when Trevor Minder scored on a wild pitch. Quincy's Ryan Knernschield led off the fifth with a double and scored when Tyler Engel reached on a two-base error.

Engel went to third on Montgomery's grounder and tied the score at 3 when Riley Pittman singled.

Danville regained a 4-3 lead in the sixth when Cade Evans scored from second on a passed ball. In the seventh, the Dans stretched the lead to 6-3 with Blake Paugh's solo homer and Drew Bianco's RBI grounder.

"When we scored tonight, we let (Danville) score right after that," said Knernschield, who was 3 for 4. "We didn't follow our strong innings with another strong inning. We need to work on putting more together."

After wrapping up the series with Danville, the Gems return home to start a three-game series against Hannibal beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at QU Stadium.

"Danville is one of the best teams in the league. I have a lot of respect for them," Fraire said. "We showed we can play with them tonight. We need to continue in that direction."

Dans 7, Gems 5

Danville Quincy

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Kato 2b 4 2 2 0 Mntgmry 1b 5 1 1 1

Minder ss 5 1 2 1 Pittman rf 4 0 1 1

Dugas dh 5 1 1 1 Crowl ss 4 0 1 0

Paugh rf 3 1 1 1 Klotz cf 5 1 1 0

Pierce 1b 5 1 1 0 Cmpbell lf 5 1 2 0

Evans lf 4 1 1 0 Young dh 3 0 0 0

D.Bianco 3b 4 0 0 1 Banks dh 1 0 0 0

Bigani c 4 0 1 0 Mantle dh 1 0 0 0

Tlmante cf 4 0 2 0 Brdsong 2b 3 0 2 1

Knrnshld c 4 1 3 0

Engel 3b 4 1 0 0

Totals 38 7 11 4 Totals 39 5 11 3

Danville 201 001 210 -- 7

Quincy 010 020 011 -- 5

E -- Minder, Pierce, D. Bianco, Pittman, Knernschield. LOB -- Danville 9, Quincy 10. 2B -- Kato, Minder, Evans, Crowl, Klotz, Knernschield. HR -- Paugh, Montgomery. SB -- Kato, Minder, Dugas, Klotz. PB -- Knernschield 3.

IP H R ER BB SO

Danville

Haws 4 2-3 4 3 1 1 5

Talpas W,1-0 1 1-3 2 0 0 0 1

Scoggins 1 2-3 3 1 1 0 3

Ray S,2 1 1-3 2 1 1 1 1

Quincy

Martin L,0-1 6 6 4 3 4 10

Seidel 1 3 2 2 0 1

Bock 2 2 1 1 0 1

WP -- Hawks, Martin. HBP -- by Martin (Kato).

Umpires -- Plate, Don Murbarger; Bases, Aaron Ashlock. T -- 3:01.