The Bombers let one slip away.
Sedalia dropped the second game of a three-game series against the Joplin Outlaws, 3-1, Monday at Liberty Park Stadium. Falling to the Outlaws 7-4 on Sunday, the Bombers surrendered three runs in the ninth inning of their third loss in a row.
“Some guys can play in the clutch and some guys can’t,” said Bombers head coach Craig McAndrews. “Right now, we don’t have anybody who can play in the clutch.
“I don’t think you can coach it, teach it, I think you have it or you don’t. You expect to win or you expect to lose and right now, we have a lot of guys that expect to lose.”
Following the first inning, defenses battled for the rest of the game. Cole Taylor scored Baxter Mays from second base with an RBI single. No further runs were scored until the top of the ninth.
Both offenses struggled to take advantage of base runners the entire game. The Outlaws left twelve runners on base, while the Bombers stranded seven.
The Bombers’ pitching performance kept the Outlaws offense virtually nonexistent for eight innings. Justin Root pitched six innings with three strikeouts, four walks and no runs. Following him was Garrett Morrow who recorded two strikeouts, three walks and no runs in two innings.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Garrett Morrow and the Bombers got themselves out of a bases-loaded jam with a 5-2-3 double play off the bat of Donovan Sutti.
“Those guys did a good job throwing strikes,” McAndrews said. “The pitching wasn’t the problem tonight. It has been in the past, it wasn’t tonight.”
Misty weather played an important role in the later innings of the game.
In the top of the eighth, Damian Acosta’s bat slipped from his hands on a inning-ending strikeout. Then, in the top of the ninth, AJ Gardner was unable to keep hold of a routine pop fly out in center field. This allowed the Outlaws to have a runner in scoring position with no outs.
With a hit in left field and a sliding stop by the Bombers' shortstop that was unplayable, the Outlaws scored three runs in the top of the ninth.
The Bombers (15-13) finish the series with Joplin 7 p.m. Tuesday.