The 2012 Klamath Falls Gems season has been short of expectations so far, but it is also far from over.
Beginning the year 1-13 in West Coast League play, the Gems ended another long losing streak Wednesday with a 14-2 victory over Bellingham. It is now a road trip to Wenatchee that will determine if it was an isolated incident or the start of something good (Game 1 – Friday – 6:30 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend).
The Gems season has been front loaded, with the WCL teams Klamath Falls has faced so far going 33-16 in their games against other teams not couting the 13-2 record against the Gems.
One of them is Wenatchee, which is off to one of the best starts at 12-3 and on a ten-game winning streak including a series sweep of Klamath Falls last week.
Errors have cost the Gems some wins. Case in point is the two games before the Wednesday win. Seven errors hurt in Monday’s 13-7 loss and two more helped Bellingham to a 14-7 win on Tuesday. Still, the Gems had seven hits in the latter.
Players are being shuffled around and cut. This weekend’s series could be critical to see if those moves pay off so that Klamath Falls isn’t too far out of playoff contention with July just a week away. Right now, the Gems trail division leader Corvallis by 10.5 games.
West Coast League Games – Thursday
Kelowna 14, Walla Walla 3
Cowlitz 5, Bellingham 4
Kitsap 11, Bend 7
Kitsap (6-14) at Bend (8-6) – 6:35 p.m.
Bellingham (12-5) at Cowlitz (5-11) – 6:35 p.m.
Walla Walla (4-11) at Kelowna (9-5) – 6:35 p.m.
Klamath Falls (2-13) at Wenatchee (12-3) – 7:05 p.m.