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Gold Sox see winning streak come to an end
The streak had to come to an end sometime, and on Sunday night it finally did.
After starting the season with a perfect 15-0 record and winning 35 consecutive games dating back to last season, the Marysville Gold Sox tasted defeat for the first time in nearly a year with a 6-4 loss to the Redding Colt .45s at Appeal-Democrat Park.
The last Gold Sox loss came on July 7 of last year when they fell to the Nevada Bighorns by a score of 8-7. The 15-game winning streak this season was the second longest run in franchise history.
The Gold Sox never led on Sunday night, falling behind 2-1 after one inning and 4-1 after two innings of play.
Sacramento State's Ty Nichols, a Gridley High product, started the game for Marysville and allowed four runs over five innings of work in a losing effort. He gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked one, allowing two runs each in the first two innings before settling down and throwing three shutout frames.
Corey Rhodes replaced Nichols in the sixth and gave a solo home run as Marysville fell behind 5-1.
Justin Charles lined an RBI single in the first inning, but the Gold Sox didn't score again until Kyle Davis launched a two-run homer high over the wall in right in the sixth to cut Redding's lead to 5-3. Davis' long home run was preceded by a bunt single by Tito Quiñones.
Redding added a run in the top of the ninth to make it a 6-3 game, but the Gold Sox rallied in the bottom half of the inning and eventually worked the tying run up to the plate.
Yuba City's Justin Lamb knocked in Brooke Brooks with a fielder's choice to close the gap to 6-4, but Colby Harrison flew out deep to left to bring the lengthy winning streak to an end.
Marysville will take today off before heading to Arcata to play a quick two-game set against the Humboldt Crabs on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Gold Sox will then return home for a four-game series against the Seattle Studs starting on Thursday night.
River Valley graduate Kenton Bevacqua will get the start against the Crabs on Tuesday.