Prospect League

Gems pitchers allow five home runs in loss

Dalton Schumer
Dave Carter
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 19, 2017 8:50 am

QUINCY -- Benjamin Whetstone was with the Missouri State baseball team one week ago, playing against TCU in a Super Regional for a chance to play in the NCAA College World Series in Omaha.

The Bears were swept by the Horned Frogs, so Whetstone is now with the Quincy Gems this week.

"It's been a good transition," said Whetstone, who has four hits in 12 at-bats after his first week. "It was disappointing getting knocked out when we did, but everyone here has been super welcoming from the players to the coaches."

Whetstone hit his first home run of the season on Sunday in the Gems' 11-2 loss to the Springfield Sliders at QU Stadium. The Gems were limited to four hits by five Sliders pitchers, while the Sliders belted five home runs and collected 16 hits in the game.

"Their guys were doing a good job of throwing strikes and getting ground balls when they needed to," Quincy co-coach Adam Hightower said. "We just didn't swing it well tonight."

The Sliders (10-7) got on the board first with a run in the second, then followed with two more in the third and another run in the fourth off Gems starting pitcher Javin Drake.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth, Whetstone ripped a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for Quincy's first run of the game.

"It felt good," Whetstone said. "I knew it was going for sure. I was just trying to put the ball in play with two strikes, I caught it on the barrel, and it was out of here."

A three-run home run in the top of the fifth off Gems reliever John Becker pushed the Sliders' lead up to 7-1.

The Gems threatened to close the gap in the bottom half of the inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Dalton Schumer drew a walk to score one run, but Whetstone struck out swinging and Joey Polak popped out in the infield as Quincy stranded three runners facing a five-run deficit.

"Those were big outs for them," Hightower said. "We couldn't scratch more across. Credit to them."

The Sliders hit three home runs in the eighth inning off relief pitcher Michael Starcevich to score four more runs.

The Gems (6-11) have lost two straight. After Monday's off day, the Gems return to action Tuesday at Terre Haute.

Sliders 11, Gems 2

Springfield Quincy

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Harker cf 5 2 1 1 Snyder cf 1 0 0 0

Dunham c 5 1 2 2 Dorethy ph 1 0 0 0

Reuben dh 6 1 1 0 Schumer ss 3 0 0 1

Wehde 1b 4 1 2 1 Whetstone 1b 3 1 1 1

Danley lf 5 3 3 1 Polak 3b 4 0 1 0

Littrell 2b 4 1 2 1 Nielsen dh 4 0 0 0

Kengott rf 5 1 2 3 Birdsong 2b 4 0 2 0

Bavly 3b 4 0 1 1 Hart c 4 0 0 0

Mandeville ss 5 1 2 0 Burnett lf 3 1 0 0

Massner rf 2 0 0 0

Totals 43 11 16 10 Totals 29 2 4 2

Springfield 012 130 040--11

Quincy 000 110 000--2

E--Wehde. LOB--Springfield 12, Quincy 8. SB--Danley, Mandeville, Snyder 2. CS--Whetstone. DP--Springfield 2. 2B--Mandeville, Birdsong. HR--Harker, Dunham, Wehde, Danley, Kengott, Whetstone.

IP H R ER BB SO

Springfield

Harris W, 1-0 5 3 2 2 7 4

Whitlock 1 1 0 0 0 0

Aherin 1 0 0 0 0 2

McMann 1 0 0 0 0 2

Pazik 1 0 0 0 0 1

Quincy

Drake L, 1-1 4 7 4 4 2 2

Becker 2 4 3 3 1 2

Starcevich 1 2-3 4 4 4 0 3

A. Martinez 1 1-3 1 0 0 4 3

WP--McMann, Becker.

Umpires--Plate, Dennis Allen George; Field, Steve Mast.

A--1046. T--2:56.