After twice being held to only two hits in their previous five early-season games, the Fish got only an eighth-inning infield hit Wednesday, June 6, 2018, as they lost 7-1 at St. Joseph, Mo.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — One night after being choked off on a looping single to the outfield and an infield hit – both in the late innings, the Chillicothe Mudcats generated even less hitting Wednesday night against the defending MINK League champions, falling 7-1 to the St. Joseph Mustangs with only one hit.
Despite outstanding starting pitching by Trae Brownell (Novinger, Mo./North Central Missouri College) in his Mudcats debut, Chillicothe lost for a third-consecutive time and, for the first time in its 17-seasons history, a fifth time in its first six games. St. Joseph improved to a North Division-leading 5-1 in the league and 6-2 overall.
Having avoided being no-hit by Mustangs starting pitcher Drake Kanallakan, who threw hitless ball for his seven innings, and two relievers when Jonathan Carratala legged out a grounder to shortstop with one out in the eight, Chillicothe continues its scheduled stretch of nine road league games in nine days Thursday with a 6 p.m. doubleheader at Springfield against the Ozark Generals. The Generals and Mudcats will play a scheduled 7-innings first game at Meador Park stadium and, if it ends after then, then a 9-innings second game, under new league procedures. If the first game of a league doubleheader extends into any extra innings, the second game switches to a scheduled seven frames.