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Gold Sox lose fourth straight
In the midst of the toughest stretch of the summer, the Marysville Gold Sox returned home on Thursday night looking to put an end to a three-game losing skid.
But while the Gold Sox have came up on the short end of the stick recently, the games have been far from blowouts.
Marysville had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning in a loss to the Redding Colt .45s on Sunday before dropping a pair one-run games to the Humboldt Crabs in Arcata the previous two nights.
The breaks are just going the other way for Marysville, and it was more of the same on Thursday.
In the opener of a four-game series against the visiting Seattle Studs, the Gold Sox battled back from an early deficit to cut the lead to one in the seventh inning before eventually falling 7-3 at Appeal-Democrat Park.
Four defensive errors and a strong pitching performance by Seattle starter Stuart Gano proved to be the difference as the Sox dropped their fourth in a row after starting the season 15-0.
"These are the best teams on our schedule right now," said Marysville manager Jack Johnson. "We just have to find a way to rebound. When you have a losing streak, you've just got to find out what you're doing wrong and make the adjustment."
Things started well for Marysville as Brooke Brooks led off the game with an infield single before Colby Harrison smashed a high fly ball that seemed destined to carry over the wall in right for a home run. However, the wind blew the ball back into play where it was misjudged by Seattle's right fielder for a double, staking the Gold Sox to a quick 1-0 lead.
Seattle strung together three straight singles to tie the game in the second and went ahead 2-1 by scoring an unearned run in the fourth. The Studs could have scored more in the inning, but Gold Sox starting pitcher Brandon Creel recorded a pair of strikeouts with the bases loaded to quell a potential rally.
The momentum didn't carry over to the next inning, though. The Gold Sox committed two errors in the fifth and Seattle took advantage by scoring two runs to go up 4-1.
After recording two hits in the first, Marysville was held hitless by Gano until Harrison, Tommy Lininger and Justin Charles lined back-to-back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh.
Kyle Davis slapped a pinch-hit single to drive in one run and Casey Scott fouled off three two-strike pitches to draw a walk with the bases loaded, cutting the lead to 4-3.
Taylor Wade replaced Creel in the fifth and was stellar in relief, tossing 31⁄3 hitless innings to keep the Sox within striking distance before leaving the game following a walk and an error with two outs in the eighth.
Chris Bataska came on with two runners on and promptly gave up an RBI double and a two-run single to make the score 7-3 Studs, all but erasing Marysville's chance for a come-from-behind victory.
"That's how this game goes," Johnson said. "We've been in every game and they could've gone either way. We didn't get the breaks, so we have to create our own success."
The two teams will continue the series tonight with Patrick O'Rourke taking the hill for the Gold Sox. Ty Nichols will get the start on Saturday night, while Sunday's starter has yet to be determined.