Chillicothe manages only two hits, allows five unearned runs in 8-2 home MINK League loss to Clarinda (Iowa) A's
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The Chillicothe Mudcats college-level, wood-bat baseball team was shackled on two hits for a second time in its first five 2018 games Tuesday night, its record dropping to 1-4 with an 8-2 loss to the visiting Clarinda (kluh-RINN-duh), Iowa, A’s.
The Mudcats now begin a stretch of nine scheduled road games in a row with a trip to St. Joseph Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. That will be followed by three games at Springfield against the Ozark Generals Thursday and Friday, then three games in three nights at Joplin before visiting Jefferson City next Wednesday and Thursday.
Last night in Chillicothe, the Mudcats’ failure to deliver a hit and thus do big damage when it had chances in the early innings caught up with it in the middle innings. Then, when their defense and bullpen faltered in the late going, any realistic hope of a comeback was gone.
Clarinda’s starting pitcher walked three batters and hit five more while lasting only three innings, yet departed with his team only behind 2-0.
The Chillicothe second inning became the game’s pivot point. Despite having four batters hit with pitches – one of which forced home the game’s first run and another walk, the Mudcats plated only two runs, the second of which came across on a rally-shriveling, ground-ball double play.
Chillicothe then initiated Clarinda’s comeback the next half-inning with the first of its four errors, this one a wild throw on a routine grounder back to the mound opening the top of the third. The resulting baserunner eventually scored, one of five unearned runs the A’s produced.
Despite being hitless until Luke Schwartz’s weak line drive plopped into shallow center field with one out in the seventh inning, the Mudcats led after five innings.
However, a bad-hop single with one out converted what might have been a scoreless top of the sixth into a 3-runs Clarinda rally which pushed the Iowans ahead. The last run of the inning scored on a double steal, making the visitors’ lead two, rather than one.
When a 2-outs error let another Clarinda run score in the eighth and a pair of infield miscues paved the way for three more in the ninth, there was no drama remaining.
Statistically, reliever John Poldberg picked up the A’s win with Chillicothe starter Lane Threlkeld (THRELL-keld), effective through five innings, but unable to traverse the sixth without significant damage, the loser in his debut.
The A’s out-hit Chillicothe 10-2 with eight Clarinda batters having hits. Besides Schwartz’s soft single in the seventh, the only other Mudcats hit was Jack Cavanaugh’s ninth-inning chopper that the pitcher fumbled at the third-base side of the hill.
Both teams finished with 10 runners left on base, the Mudcats receiving six walks and having five batters hit by game’s end.