Prospect League

Gems unable to capitalize on chance to move into second place

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Aug. 4, 2019 12:10 am

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Normal CornBelters attempted to give the Quincy Gems an assist in their playoff push.

The Gems fumbled it away.

While the CornBelters beat the DuPage Pistol Shrimp -- the team the Gems are chasing for the final playoff spot in the Prospect League's West Division -- 4-3 Saturday night, the Gems squandered a three-run lead against the Cape Catfish and suffered a 7-5 loss at Capaha Field.

The loss ended the Gems' five-game win streak and left them a half-game behind the Pistol Shrimp, who have lost four straight, in the chase for second place in the West. Cape already has clinched the West Division championship.

Quincy (32-25) closes the regular season with three straight games against the last-place Springfield Sliders, including Sunday night's final home game, while the Pistol Shrimp (32-24) play three games at QU Stadium -- two Monday and one Tuesday -- against the Hannibal Hoots.

The way the Gems squandered this one will sting.

Quincy broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning with a three-run outburst. After Dylan Caplinger was hit by a pitch, Joey Polak poked a ground rule double to put runners at second and third. Cade Schares' sacrifice fly plated Caplinger, and one out later, Corey Young belted a two-run home run for a 3-0 lead.

The Catfish scratched across a run in the bottom of the? inning before exploding for six runs in the seventh. After the first two hitters reached against reliever Tommy Harvey, the Gems turned to Polak and the Catfish took advantage by being patient.

Polak walked three, the last with the bases loaded, and allowed four runs and one hit in one-third of an inning.

Alex Harbin, another position player brought in to pitch, surrendered a two-run double before getting out of the inning.

The Gems tried to make it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs courtesy of three walks. Caplinger delivered a two-run single, but Polak, who had two of the Gems' seven hits, grounded out to third base to end the game.

The bullpen wasted a solid effort by Roman Phansalkar, who allowed three hits and no runs over five innings. He struck out five and walked none.

Catfish 7, Gems 5

Quincy Cape

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Parks cf 4 0 0 0 Stone rf 5 0 0 0

Caplinger 1b 4 1 1 2 Wshngtn cf 4 2 1 0

Polak 1b-3b 5 1 2 0 Keck lf 3 1 0 0

Schares c 3 0 1 1 Hanna dh 3 1 2 2

Crowl ss 4 0 0 0 Cottom c 2 0 1 1

Young 2b-3b 3 2 1 2 Doyle 3b 4 0 0 0

Borden rf 4 0 1 0 Baremore 1b 4 1 2 2

Vannoy 2b 3 0 0 0 Wallace 2b 4 1 2 1

Harbin lf 3 1 1 0 Jordan ss 3 1 0 0

Totals 33 5 7 5 Totals 32 7 8 6

Quincy 000 003 002 -- 5

Cape 000 001 60x -- 7

E--Young. LOB--Quincy 7, Cape 8. 2B--Polak, Borden, Harbin, Hanna, Baremore, Wallace. HR--Young. SF–Schares, Hanna. SB--Washington 2, Keck, Baremore, Wallace.

IP H R ER BB SO

Quincy

Phansalkar 5 3 0 0 0 5

Harvey 1 3 3 3 2 0

Polak L, 0-1 1-3 4 2 3 0

Harbin 1 2-3 1 0 0 1 2

Cape

Stuckenschneider 2 1-3 2 0 0 1 3

Taylor 2 2-3 1 0 0 0 4

Bunnell W, 3-2 3 3 3 3 0 3

Pedrouzo S, 1 1 1 2 2 3 1

WP--Harvey.

Umpires--None listed.

T--2:35. A--796.