Friday, June 5, 2009

Sikeston rallies to continue Bobcats' slide

Sikeston scored two runs off Marion starter Josh Reynolds (0-1) in the eighth to win Friday, pushing the Bobcats (1-5) to their fifth straight loss since opening the season with a win at Tradewater.

Reynolds threw more than 120 pitches allowing only one hit before three consecutive hits pushed the tying and winning runs across the plate in the eighth inning. The 19-year-old right-hander out of Murray struck out his eighth batter on the night to start the frame, but an infield single off the bat of Kyle Burnam with one out set the plate for the Bulls in their first-ever visit to Marion. 
The next batter, first baseman Cody Campbell, doubled to the gap in left-center on a 3-1 count, scoring Burnam from first on a hit-and-run. Campbell then scored when catcher Joe Meggs singled, giving Sikeston (4-2) a lead they would hold to win the game 2-1
Reynolds was cruising through the order until the eighth, and Manager Steve Fowler opted to keep him in despite a high pitch count, as catcher Zach Sutton assured him that Reynolds' pitches were still hitting the mark.
"Our catcher said he still had good stuff," Fowler said after the game. "This one got away from us."
In his first start, Reynolds pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up four hits in the loss, but he worked several deep counts en route to walking three. Nine batters worked the count full off Reynolds. Trey Smith, who started Marion's home opener on Monday, closed out the game, striking out three. 
The Bobcats scored off Sikeston starter Logan Lawson (2-0) in the sixth when Sutton's sacrifice fly with one out drove in shortstop Drew Barrett, who reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning. Lawson remained in to finish eight innings, allowing only four runners.
The Bulls' closer, Zach Secoy, gave Marion hope in the ninth, hitting leadoff batter Andy Harris in the helmet to put a runner on first. Harris, however, was caught trying to steal second fir the first out with Sutton at the plate.
"That killed us," Fowler said.
Sutton grounded to second for the second out of the inning. But an error on second baseman Brian Gose allowed designated hitter Fred Rossi to reach in the next at-bat. Then, pinch hitter Mitch McClay singled and Rob Dyer came off the bench to draw a walk and load the bases. But Jacob Martin, who entered the game in the eighth as a pinch hitter for Mike DeSanto, ended the game on a sharply-hit ball to deep center that Sikeston's Adam Blum was able to corral.
Despite the last-inning theatrics, Secoy was able to earn his first save of the year.
Game notes:
  • Sutton threw out two runners attempting to steal second base. In fact, both times it was Sikeston left fielder Scott Droddy.
  • Marion's defense has committed 15 errors in only six games.
  • Marion's offense has scored 13 runs and left 58 runners on base through the first six games of the season. Friday night, only seven runners were left on base, the lowest game total thus far.
  • Pinch hitters for the Bobcats continue to get on base when called on off the bench. Tonight, McClay singled and Dyer drew a walk in back-to-back pinch-hitting appearances in the ninth.