Prospect League

Heating Up: Offense fuels Gems' fifth straight victory

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 20, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 21, 2019 2:35 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems' offense haven't shown any signs of cooling down.

Instead, it's getting hotter.

The Gems scored 10-plus runs for the fourth time in five games in beating the Springfield Sliders 13-3 Thursday night at QU Stadium, picking up their fifth straight Prospect League victory.

An eight-run seventh inning put the Gems in double digits for the third straight game, and Quincy (9-9) is averaging 12.6 runs in its last five games.

"This looks like a championship team right now," Gems shortstop Kyle Crowl said. "We've got a lot of guys that are starting to put things together."

It's coming together most at the plate, and it has the Gems just two games behind Western Division leader Cape Catfish.

The Gems banged out 13 hits against four Springfield pitchers, and most of the damage came in the deciding seventh inning.

Quincy loaded the bases with no outs in the inning, and Ricky Jimenez singled to score Drew Behling and Joey Polak to make it 5-0. Crowl followed with an RBI single that scored Kal Youngquist before Cody Vannoy drove in a run on a groundout.

Two batters later, Jake Johnson hit a two-run single to deep center before Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli blasted a two-run homer to left to make it 11-0.

"We just try to get a couple hits an inning," said Clark-Chiapparelli, who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. "The goal is a run every inning."

Quincy started that way as Polak had an RBI double in the first inning, and Crowl belted a solo home run over the left field wall in the second that gave the Gems a 2-0 lead.

"We're heating up," Gems manager Pat Robles said. "I think everyone is heating up and things are starting to come together."

That run support was more than enough for starter Trey Wolf, who tossed 51/3 scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits while striking out 10, and he retired eight of the last nine he faced before exiting the game.

Springfield (7-10) scored its only runs in the top of the eighth without collecting a hit. Quincy, however, answered as Robby McGaha roped a two-run double into the gap in right in the bottom half of the frame.

Crowl had three hits for Quincy, while McGaha and Johnson also had two hits apiece.

"We were fired up tonight," McGaha said. "We just feed off each other. Someone has to be the guy to get a hit. Lately, we've had a lot of guys doing that."

Gems 13, Sliders 3

Springfield Quincy

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Schild lf 3 0 1 0 Johnson cf 6 1 1 2

Slunder cf 3 0 1 0 Clark-Chiapp 1b 4 2 3 2

Cantu cf 0 0 0 0 Behling lf 4 1 0 0

Spry 1b 4 0 1 1 Polak dh 3 1 1 1

Vilches dh 3 0 0 0 Youngquist 1b 3 2 2 0

DeYoung 3b 4 0 0 0 Ignoffo 3b 1 0 0 0

Friedrichs rf 4 0 0 0 Jimenez 3b 4 1 1 2

Cusumano 2b 1 0 0 0 Klein 2b 0 1 0 0

Ludwick 2b 2 1 0 0 Crowl ss 5 2 3 3

Hennemnn c 2 0 0 0 Vannoy c 3 1 0 1

Roos ph 1 1 1 1 McGaha rf 4 1 2 2

Forbrick c 1 0 0 0

Ryan ss 3 1 1 0

Totals 31 3 5 2 Totals 37 13 13 13

Springfield 000 000 030 -- 3

Quincy 110 100 82x -- 13

LOB--Springfield 7, Quincy 9. 2B--Roos, Polak, Youngquist, McGaha. 3B--Johnson. HR--Clark-Chiapparelli, Crowl. HP--Cantu, Clark-Chiapparelli, Polak. SB--Slunder, Ryan, Clark-Chiapparelli 3, Polak. CS--Schild.

IP H R ER BB SO

Springfield

Burnett L, 0-2 4 1-3 6 3 3 2 2

Cox 1 2-3 0 0 0 1 0

Kane 1-3 5 7 7 2 0

Horvath 1 2-3 2 3 3 2 3

Quincy

Wolf W, 1-0 5 1-3 3 0 0 1 10

Grant-DeBose 1 2-3 0 0 1 0 1

Switzer 0 1 3 3 3 0

Jemar 2 1 0 0 1 3

WP--Burnett 2, Horvath, Switzer 2. HB--Burnett 2, Jemar.

Umpires--Home, Eric Dunsford; Field, James Cottrell.

T--3:02. A--822.