San Francisco scored twice in the top of the ninth inning and Klamath Falls left a runner stranded at second base in its half of the inning as the Seals claimed an 8-7 Great West League baseball victory Wednesday at Kiger Stadium.
The victory allowed San Francisco to win the three-game series.
More importantly, the Seals hold a 5-4 edge in the season-long series, with the final three games between the teams July 26-28 in San Francisco in the battle for fourth place and the final league playoff berth.
Wednesday, Klamath Falls rallied to knot the score twice, and then grabbed its only lead when Blaine Ross doubled and scored on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning, a run which put the Gems ahead, 7-6.
Moises Lopez singled, Alex Athanacio walked, Trevor Greenly singled home Lopez and, with two out, Athanacio gave the Seals the final lead when he scored on a wild pitch.
Joe Morin had doubled home two San Francisco runs in the first inning, and Jay Vincent hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning as the Seals took a 6-3 lead before Zach Scherman came in and threw three brilliant innings for the Gems.
For the Gems, Kyle Yamada, who played his final game for Klamath Falls, walked, stole second and scored on a Mike Hicks singe in the first inning.
With two out in the second inning, Kyle Harvey walked and scored when Garrett Lakes his hit second home run of the season.
Lakes singled and Jashaun Simon walked, and each moved up a base in the fifth inning on a Yamada sacrifice bunt. Xander Orejudos followed with his first homer of the season to tie the game for the second time.
EYE ON THE GEMS
n Klamath Falls plays at Lincoln today, Friday and Saturday, and then plays at San Francisco following the All-Star break.
n The Gems will host the All-Star game at 6:35 p.m. Monday. The league’s home run derby will be contested at 4:30 p.m., with a 30-minute autograph session for fans will begin one hour later.
n Also leaving the Gems today is pitcher Thomas Warren.
n Pitcher Tim Parker joined the team Wednesday and pitched the final inning.
n Wednesday, Lakes was the lone Klamath Falls player with two hits. Greenly and Vincent both had three hits for the Seals, who took a three-game lead over the Gems (in the loss column) with Wednesday’s win.
n Hicks, Yamada, Trevor Danielson, Myles Harris, Brice Foster and James Turnbull all have turned in numbers, with 11 games to play, that will place each of them in the all-time single-season top 10 lists for several categories.
n The only home games left for the Gems will be July 27-29.