Gems on verge of being swept

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LONGVIEW, Wash. – Almost as quickly as the Klamath Falls Gems built a lead for second place in the West Coast League’s West Division, it has seemed to go away.

For the third straight game in their series with the Cowlitz Black Bears, the Gems had a lead and watched it go away. Sunday night, it was in the late innings for the second game in a row, as Cowlitz scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to win 3-2 and get on the verge of a sweep.

The Gems had a 1-0 lead after their first half inning of at bats for the third night in a row, and even added a second run in the top of the sixth before Cowlitz fought back.

The Gems have now lost four in a row and are in danger of being swept for the first time in a three-game-plus series since June 22-24 at Wenatchee. With Sunday’s loss, the Gems fell one game back of streaking Cowlitz for second place in the division, which is the last playoff spot. The Gems are 21-24, while Cowlitz is 21-22 and have won 7 of its last 10.

Game time for the season finale is 6:35 p.m. tonight with the broadcast starting at 6:05 p.m. on 960 the Sports Legend.