By MAT MIKESELL
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Quincy Gems starter Jordan Sheinkop had two goals Sunday night.
The first was to give the Gems a chance to win Game 1 in the best-of-three Prospect League championship series against the Chillicothe Paints. The second goal was to not get sick on the field.
Sheinkop woke Sunday morning with an upset stomach.
"My thought process was I don't really care how I do, just don't throw up on the field," he said.
Sheinkop accomplished both as he threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Gems' 9-0 victory at QU Stadium.
Sunday's game was the second straight big-game situation for the George Washington University product after pitching the playoff-clinching win against Hannibal on Aug. 4.
Once he stepped on the mound, he focused entirely on his pitching and not on his queasy stomach.
"The adrenaline sets in and the heart rate got going," Sheinkop said.
Sheinkop allowed just four hits while striking out two and walking two, helping put Quincy in position to win its third Prospect League championship. The Gems can clinch the series Tuesday in Chillicothe, Ohio.
The right-hander knew Gems manager Chris Martin was depending on him for Game 1, so he didn't tell Martin about his ailment.
"I wouldn't expect him to," Martin said. "He's a competitor and he knew at this point in the season you go out and give the team what you can. He knew he was the guy, and for him to go out and give him what he gave us was above and beyond what I could ask for."
Jake Wehde relieved Sheinkop with two outs in the seventh and got a strikeout to end the inning.
Wehde retired all seven batters he faced, including striking out Chillicothe's 3-4-5 hitters in the ninth.
"I got the outs when I needed to," Sheinkop said. "I didn't throw up either, so it was very good tonight."
Sheinkop knows what caused his balky stomach and will prevent it from happening in the future.
"Late night pizza was a dumb idea," he said. "I'm never doing that again."