Troy Wehde made himself feel right at home, again, Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Quincy Gems, Wehde was not wearing a home jersey at Quincy University Stadium.

Troy Wehde made himself feel right at home, again, Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Quincy Gems, Wehde was not wearing a home jersey at Quincy University Stadium.

The Quincy University product is spending his summer playing for the Springfield Sliders. Wehde collected four base hits, in five trips to the plate, and drove in five runs to help the Sliders to a 21-9 whitewashing of the Gems.

The Springfield clean-up hitter smacked the first of four Slider home runs as part of his big night inside his home park — during the collegiate season.

“Troy is obviously comfortable hitting here,” Sliders coach Cameron McMullen said with a smile on his face. “He is a phenomenal hitter and he was just finding barrells today. His approach was perfect.”

The loss for the Gems dropped their season record to 11-22 in Prospect League play, while their Western Division rivals improved to 18-13 on the season.

The 21 runs allowed by Gems pitchers, marked the most the team has given up this season — by eight runs.

The Sliders did most of their damage in the middle innings. Springfield erupted for five runs in the fourth and fifth innings, each, before adding seven more in the sixth to slam the door shut on the Gems. The Sliders finished the game with 21 hits.

“Just have to move on,” a dejected Gems co-head co Adam Hightower said. “You just have to get to the next day and see if we can get a different outcome tomorrow.”

The Gems were in the game early.

Dalton Schumer socked his team-leading 10th home run of the season in the first inning giving the hosts an early 2-0 lead.

Springfield tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third before grabbing a 3-2 lead with a single tally in the third.

Cody Birdsong (3-for-5) tied the game in the last of the third inning when he crossed the plate after Sliders starting pitcher Alec Harris was called for a balk.

The Gems regained the lead, 4-3, when Joey Polak singled up the middle scoring Schumer with two outs in the third.

Then the floodgates opened.

The Sliders chased Quincy starting hurler, Jackson Douglas, in the fourth inning.

Sixteen hits, 18 runs and three pitchers later, Austen Martinez held the Sliders scoreless in the top of the eighth inning. It was the first time the visitors failed to score since the first inning.

“You’re not putting yourself in a good spot when after you score you give up that many runs,” the Gems coach said. “It’s just tough to overcome.”

Schumer provided the lone bright spot for the Gems Thursday night. The team’s leading hitter hit for the cycle in the loss. Following his first inning 2-run home run, Schumer singled and scored in the third, tripled and scored again in the eighth before recording an RBI double in the ninth.

“Dalton is a good hitter, it is what he does and he will probably continue to hit for us,” Hightower said.

Kyle Crowl also homered in the loss, and No. 9 hitter Austin Emanuel collected two hits.

The Gems travel to Springfield on Friday before returning home to face Terre Haute on Saturday.