Pioneers Jump To Early Lead, Surrender Late Down 6-5
The Pioneers losing streak continued Wednesday night as they continued to find new ways to falter. After 6 shutout innings from the arm of Noah Rubino, his second quality start of the season, the bullpen gave up 6 runs in just three innings. The Pioneers mustered one comeback, but could not find it a second time and fell 6-5 on Wednesday night in front of a rain soaked crowd.
The Pioneers started off the scoring after Quinn Buffington led off the fourth inning with a triple, his first off the campaign, a single from Preston Moore knocked him in. On a double steal later in the inning Moore would get home as Ryan Teschko was gunned down at second, going up 2-0.
Elmira pushed the lead to three after Buffington scored for the second time of the night in the bottom of the sixth. After reaching on an error, Buffington made his way around the bases as Mason Ruhlman doubled and a throwing error brought in Buffington.
This marked the entry of the Pioneers bullpen. Steven Rossi came in and threw two innings giving up five runs and just not finding his confidence or control in his second appearance with the club. After giving up 3 in the top of the seventh, Elmira put in two more as both Trevor Henneman and Brennen Dorighi came around to score.
Rossi couldn't find his control again in the either as the Stallions jumped on him again putting up another two spot. The Pioneers were unable to come back this time and so it went to the top of the 9th and the big arm of Chase Austin. Austin got the first two outs with ease, but then after hitting a batter and giving up a single the go ahead run crossed the plate. Austin settled down and got the third out, but Elmira came up needing one run in the bottom of the 9th and they couldn't find it.
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