TERRE HAUTE —
Fresh off of splitting a double header against the Springfield Sliders on Sunday, the Rex fell to 20-17 on the season with a 4-1 loss to the Hannibal Cavmemen (15-20).
Terre Haute native John Robert Patterson fell to 2-2 on the season in front of 770 hometown fans.
The left-handed Patterson issued a walk to opposing second baseman Jerod Smith to begin the contest, next surrendering an RBI triple by designated hitter J. Golden.
Golden would score as well on a hard hit single to left by Jake Mangler, putting the Cavemen on top 2-0 after a half inning of play. Patterson began to struggle with control in the top of the third, walking Mangler and throwing two wild pitches to ensuing batters to put the speedy centerfielder on third base.
Michael Marsinek would relieve with two outs, allowing an RBI single from first baseman Kendall Patrick.
In the bottom half of the third, Rex leftfielder Brian Wolfe reached first base on a fielder’s choice, and the Rex took advantage of a Hannibal miscue. Cavemen third baseman Trevor Kenyon threw away a routine ground ball off the bat of catcher Izaak Silva, putting runners on the corners for Kyle Zimmerman.
On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Kyle Kuck let one get away, enabling a hustling Wolfe to score on the wild pitch.
Hannibal wasted no time answering back in the fourth. Josh Halbert, Mattingly Romanin, and Jerod Smith would all reach on two singles and a fielder’s choice respectively. A pickoff at third by catcher Nate Arnold would erase Halbert, but two consecutive wild pitches by Marsinek permitted Romanin to come around, ultimately giving Hannibal the 4-1 advantage after four innings.
Hannibal starter Kyle Kuck shut down the REX offense over six frames, allowing just one hit, striking out five, and walking five for one unearned run. Terre Haute’s Mike Marsinek went 41⁄3 in relief while allowing just one to score to keep his team in the game. But the offense was only able to muster two hits total.
The Rex will travel to Quincy, Ill., on Tuesday to try and gain some ground on second-place Gems (23-12), with the first pitch slated for 7:35 EDT at Quincy Stadium.