Pitchers allow 11 walks as Gems lose to Pistol Shrimp by 10-run rule for second time in three days

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Joe Siervo | Photo courtesy of Quincy Gems

PERU, Ill. — Four Quincy Gems pitchers combined to allow nine hits and walk 11 batters in a 13-1 loss to the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp on Sunday night in a Prospect League game at Schweickert Stadium.

The Gems (20-21, 7-6 second half) are in third place in the Great River Division, two games behind Clinton (8-3). The Gems are percentage points behind Illinois Valley for second place, and they’re a half-game ahead of last-place Burlington. All four teams in the division have records of .500 or better.

Quincy and Burlington will complete one game on Monday night, starting in the 10th inning with the score tied at 4-4. The teams then will play a regularly scheduled game afterward.

The Gems’ only run scored in the fourth inning. Joe Siervo reached on an error and moved to second on a walk to Jimmy Koza. Jack Zebig then delivered a run-scoring single to tie the score at 1-1.

The Pistol Shrimp scored twice in the fourth, four times in the fifth and six times in the sixth to beat the Gems by the 10-run rule for the second time in three days.

Losing pitcher Drew Evans lasted three innings as the starter, allowing four runs. Reliever Carter Poole gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings, walking four. Poole has walked 25 batters in 13 1/3 innings. Tyler Barker also was ineffective in relief, giving up four runs and four hits while recording just two outs. 

Zebig and Harry Oden each had two hits. The rest of the team combined for two hits. 

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