Two solo homers in eighth allow Rockabillys to complete comeback over Gems

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Riley Black | Photo courtesy of Quincy Gems

QUINCY — Two solo home runs in the top of the eighth inning put the Jackson Rockabillys ahead for good in an 11-10 victory over the Quincy Gems on Tuesday night in a Prospect League game at QU Stadium. 

The Gems (18-19, 5-4 second half) are in last place, 1½ games behind Burlington for first place, in the Great River Division. All four teams in the division have a winning record.

The Gems led 10-9 after seven innings, but reliever Stefan Stockwell allowed home runs to Brandon Valdez and Jake McCutcheon in the top of the inning. Reliever Jamal Allen held the Gems scoreless in the final two innings to earn the victory for Jackson.

Five Gems errors led to three unearned runs for the Rockabillys. Starting pitcher Cole Parkhill allowed four hits and six walks in four innings. He has walked 23 batters in 15 2/3 innings in his last four starts.

Harry Oden, Riley Black, Jimmy Koza and Jack Zebig all had two hits for the Gems. Black drove in four runs, and Oden hit his fourth home run of the summer. Luke Jessen also hit a solo homer for the Gems.

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