(David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulls dropped their 10th straight game Wednesday night to the visiting Union City Greyhounds, falling by a score of 7-3.
Despite a solid pitching performance from Jeremy Brinkmeyer, who threw eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, the Bulls once again couldn't execute with runners in scoring position. Coach Jamie Puckett was proud of his pitcher, stating that this is his third straight start, getting stronger with every game.
Puckett went on to say that the Bulls' struggles to get runners across the plate has become the norm in the 10-game losing streak. Even in the loss, Puckett still remains positive about the playoffs beginning next week.
"We will probably receive a five seed in the tournament, and if we can win our first game, we'll get a shot at the number one or two seed the following game," Puckett said. "We go to Fulton tomorrow, who is sitting in first place, so we'll get a chance to see what they have for playoffs."
Puckett says with one win in the playoffs anything can happen.
The game looked like it was going to be a steady win for the Union City Greyhounds, until the eighth inning when the Bulls battled back, knocking out relief pitcher Goodenrow before he could get the third out. The Bulls then drew a walk followed by a pop-up to right field to end the rally. They would go in order in the ninth to add the 10th loss to the losing streak.
The Bulls did show improvement with the bats tonight, pounding out 10 hits. Their leading hitter was Chase Kittinger out of the nine spot in the lineup, going 2-3 with a single, double, walk and a run scored.
The leadoff batter Scott Hudgins had two RBIs, and Robert Hohler added an RBI to the total as well with a double to left field.
On the other side of the diamond the Greyhounds had a solid batting performance out of center fielder Rafael Hill, 3-4 with an RBI, and right fielder Zach Hudson, who added three hits in five at-bats with an RBI.
The starting pitcher for the Greyhounds, James MacDonald pitched seven innings allowing no runs, on just six hits, and added six strikeouts on the evening. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam two times in the game, and forced the Bulls to leave 12 runners on base during his time on the mound. Altogether, the Bulls left 14 runners stranded on the night.
The Bulls travel to Fulton, Ky. tomorrow night at 7 pm. while Union City travels to Owensboro, Ky. to face the Oilers.