News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 8, 2013

Rex streak ends at 7

Pitching struggles for first time this season

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Terre Haute Rex table setters — Kyle Kempf and Tyler Wampler — had three of the team’s eight hits Friday at Bob Warn Field, but the Rex offense found itself in a big early deficit for the first time this season.

Rex pitching struggled mightily for the first time this season as the Quincy Gems pulled within one-half game of the Rex in the West Division with a 10-6 victory. Terre Haute’s loss ended a franchise-best seven-game winning streak.

“Offensively we did about what we've been doing, we put up four [early]. Our pitchers got knocked around a little bit, there was some chances to make some plays behind them and we didn't,” manager Ronnie Prettyman said. “We've been playing so well, it's a tough loss to deal with for me. It's a tough one to swallow, but we'll bounce back.”

The Gems knocked around Kendall Paluch (1-1) for four runs on eight hits in two-plus innings. The right-hander was pulled in the third after 240-pound left-hander Thomas Richards smashed a towering blast over the fence in right field. Jake Ivory pulled a double down the left-field line prior to Richards’ homer, which put the Rex at a 4-0 deficit.

Left-hander Michael Marsinek struggled in the fourth inning against the Gems, and an error by second baseman Nate Arnold also proved costly.

The Gems (6-2) tacked on three runs in that fourth inning, coming just after the Rex offense had shown some life against hard throwing right-hander Josh Martsching, a University of Iowa pitcher.

Owen Conway, an Indiana State player, started the Rex third with an opposite-field single. He reached third on a double by Arnold and scored on a groundout by Kyle Zimmerman.

The Rex (7-2) kept clawing away, adding two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull within 7-4.

Kempf’s RBI single in the fifth came after Zimmerman grounded into a double play that scored Conway. Atlee Schwab continued to swing a hot bat, adding an RBI snuggle in the sixth for the Rex.

Terre Haute added a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth as Gems pitchers struggled to find the plate. Austrin Tribby walked in a run to pull the Rex within 10-6, but the University of Missouri southpaw struck out Ryan Bertram with the bases loaded to end the game.

The Rex next play host to Springfield on Sunday.

QUINCY (AB-R-H-BI) — Howell cf 5-0-2-1, Ivory lf 4-1-1-1, Richards rf 4-1-2-3, Niedbalski dh 3-0-0-0, Light 3b 5-1-1-0, Light 3b 5-1-1-0, Roscetti ss 5-2-2-0, Marek 1b 5-2-4-1, Levy c 3-1-1-2, Pickett 2b 5-2-2-1. TOTALS 39-10-15-9.

TERRE HAUTE (AB-R-H-BI) — Kempf cf 5-0-2-2, Wampler ss 4-0-1-0, Sanchez c 4-1-1-1, Cope rf 3-0-0-1, Bertram dh 5-0-0-0, Schwab 3b 4-0-2-1, Conway lf 1-3-1-0, Arnold 2b 2-1-1-0, Gardner 2b 1-0-0-0, Zimmerman 1b 3-1-0-1. TOTALS 32-6-8-6.

Quincy    022    300    300    —    10    15    0

Terre Haute    001    021    002    —    6    8    2

E — Sanchez, Arnold. DP — Q 2, TH 2. LOB — Q 8, TH 8. 2B — Howell, Ivory, Light, Marek 2, Arnold. HR — Richards (1).

Pitching

Quincy    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Martsching (W, 2-0)    5    5    4    4    3    5

Schierholz    3 2/3    3    2    2    1

Tribby (S, 1)    1/3    0    0    0    1    1

Terre Haute    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Paluch (L, 1-1)    2    8    4    4    0    2    1

Marsinek    1 1/3    2    3    3    1    1

Horn    1 2/3    1    0    0    2    1

Mahar    1 1/3    4    3    3    0    1

Haas    1 2/3    0    0    0    0    1

Patterson    1    0    0    0    0    2

WP — Horn, Mahar. T — 3:03. A — 1095.

Next — Terre Haute (7-2) plays Sunday against Springfield at 5:30 p.m. Quincy (6-2) plays Hannibal at home and on the road today.