Terre Haute scored three runs in the top of the 11th for a come-from-behind 7-4 win over the Gems.
Chevy Emken had a little extra motivation Wednesday night. The Missouri Western State University bound hurler was pitching in front of his new pitching coach for the first time.
The current Quincy Gems right-handed pitcher tossed six strong innings against visiting Western Division Prospect League foe Terre Haute. Emken was in line for his second win of the season as he allowed two runs on five hits.
Bailey Lewis had other ideas.
The Rex left fielder delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to pull the visitors even with the Gems.
Terre Haute followed with three runs in the top of the 11th for a come-from-behind 7-4 win over the Gems.
“I thought I battled well tonight,” Emken said of his outing. “I walked the house tonight, but I was able to stick in there and give a chance to win but came out with the no decision.”
The six innings pitched matched a season-high. He walked four and fanned a pair of hitters.
Emken admitted it was nice to throw in front of his new pitching coach.
“He came and watched me throw a bullpen earlier this spring, but this was the first time he saw me live,” the former John Wood pitcher said. “It was good to have him here and throw decent.”
Zach Milam put the Rex on the board with a bases loaded fielders choice in the second inning.
Back-to-back two-out doubles by Nelson Muniz and Tanner Gragg made it 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
Bradley Harrison pulled the hosts even with a two-run opposite-field home run in the home half of the fifth inning.
After Emken retired the Rex in order in the sixth, the Gems grabbed a 3-2 lead when Kyle Crowl stole home on a busted play an inning later.
“We had the safety squeeze on there, and he (Crowl) just got too far down the line,” Gems co-coach Adam Hightower said of the go-ahead run. “But he was able to score and give us the lead.”
Crowl gave the Gems an insurance run with an RBI single up the middle in the seventh.
John Becker and Michael Starcevich tossed scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth for the Gems. Starcevich recorded four punchouts in his inning of work after the leadoff batter reached first on a third-strike wild pitch.
Austen Martinez walked two batters and hit a batter to load the bases for the Rex in the ninth. He fanned two batters before the game-tying hit by Lewis. The hit came on a 3-2 count.
“Give them (Rex) credit, they executed late in the game,” Hightower said. “I thought we executed early but couldn’t late, and that was the difference in the game.”
Tucker Greer and Justin Jenkins delivered run-scoring hits in the 11th for the Rex.
The Gems hit into double plays in both the 10th and 11th innings.
Dalton Schumer finished 3-for-5 at the dish to lead the Gems 10-hit attack.
“Dalton has been swinging the bat really well lately, actually all season,” Hightower said of his starting shortstop.
The loss drops the Gems to 6-13 on the season as they have dropped four straight games.
“We will just come out tomorrow, hope to play hard and try and finish the day 1-0,” the Gems co-coach said.
The Gems travel to Danville on Thursday before a four-game home stand starting Friday night against Champion City.