Following home opener loss the night before, the 7-2 defeat in their MINK League opener June 1, 2018, left the Fish 0-2 for the first time in their 17 years of play
SEDALIA, Mo. — The Chillicothe Mudcats more than quintupled their hits total from their first game of the 2018 season when they played their second contest Friday night (June 1), but they ended up making some negative team history all the same.
Out-hitting the host Sedalia Bombers 11-10 and receiving an additional four walks, the Mudcats stranded 11 men on the bases as the undefeated Bomb-ers cruised the last few innings in a 7-2 triumph at Liberty Park Stadium.
The outcome of their MINK League opener dipped the Fish to 0-2 overall, the first time in the team’s 17 seasons of competition it has lost both of its first two games. Sedalia won for a third-consecutive time, all in league action, having bested Jefferson City each of the preceding two nights.
After managing a mere two hits in their opening loss to Albert Lea (Minn.) at home last Thursday, the Mudcats had hits by eight players Friday, including two each from Andrew Williams, Nick Ray, and debuting Jonathan Carratala, but produced only two runs – half their total against Albert Lea.
The first Chillicothe run was driven in by catcher Gaven Strobel in the top of the second inning, momentarily knotting the score at 1-1.
Designated hitter Jack Cavanaugh racked a drive off the fence in left-center field for a leadoff double, advanced as Williams flied out to center, and scored on Strobel’s ground ball to the shortstop.
Sedalia, which had clipped Mudcats starting and losing pitcher Parker Kirkpatrick (0-1) for single tallies in each of the first three innings, saw its guests get within 3-2 in the fourth.
After Williams singled with two out and none on, Strobel waited out a free pass and hometown product Derek Hussey bounced the ball through the middle of the diamond to plate Williams.
The Bombers unloaded on Kirkpatrick and reliever Gabriel Seijas in the fifth, particularly the latter.
One out away from escaping the inning with his team still down by only one, the reliever surrendered five hits in succession, including a couple of doubles. It added up to four additional tallies and Sedalia reliever Elijah Richeson preserved the 5-runs lead with four innings of shutout work to save it for starter Dakota Stone.
Statistically, each side swatted three doubles – Chillicothe’s by Williams, Cavanaugh, and Ray, but Sedalia also had a third-inning solo roundtripper from designated hitter Santiago Garcia.
Pitching-wise, Kirkpatrick – 2017’s most-effective Chillicothe starting pitcher as he went 4-1 with a sub-2.00 earned run average – was tagged with four runs – all earned, as both teams played errorlessly – on five hits and four walks in 4-1/3 innings. After Seijas was lit up for three runs on five hits in his two-thirds of an inning, Trae Brownell and Hayden House combined for three hitless, scoreless innings.
Chillicothe and Sedalia will play in Chillicothe both Saturday and Sunday nights at 7:05 and 6:05 p.m., respectively.