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Mavericks’ slide against Rascals continues

Tuesday, August 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:38 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008

There are 13 games left on the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ schedule, but after their performance Monday night, the Mavericks might be wishing the season was over.

Starter Luis Reyes was ineffective and the Mavericks’ offense sputtered in a 12-2 loss to River City at Taylor Stadium.

Reyes (0-2), who came into the game with a 2.03 ERA, had allowed only six hits in his previous five apperances, mostly in relief.

He was knocked around Monday, though, allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings.

“I tried to work my pitches tonight,” Reyes said, “but it was a bad night for me and for all of us.”

The Mavericks defense betrayed Reyes, too. Mid-Missouri committed four errors.

“Six unearned runs is a lot,” Mavs manager Mark Schlosser said. “If it’s only 6-2 it’s a whole different ball game.”

The Rascals (36-41) who beat the Mavs 7-1 Sunday night, continued their hot hitting Monday. They jumped ahead early and never let Mid-Missouri (29-48) in the game.

With Lucas Taylor standing on second after a walk and a stolen base in the first inning, River City center fielder Mike Conner and hit a Reyes pitch deep in the left-field bullpen. The ball easily cleared the wall and banged off the back of the Mavericks’ bullpen to put the Rascals ahead 2-0.

River City added four more in the second, and three in the third and fourth innings to chase Reyes from the game.

River City has outscored Mid-Missouri 19-3 in the first two games of the series.

“It was over early,” Schlosser said. “It was one of those games where you know after the third that you’re probably going to tank it.”

“We cannot go into the bullpen after two or three innings and burn those guys for three or four days.”

River City starter E.J. Laratta (4-3) was the winner.

Mid-Missouri had won seven out of nine games against River City, but they have struggled with River City starting pitching the past two games.

Laratta allowed only one run in eight innings of work. He struck out eight, walked one, while surrendering four hits.

Reyes ran into most of his trouble in the four-run Rascal second.

A pair of River City singles, one a bunt by shortstop Brian Weiss that scooted past Reyes, loaded the bases for second baseman Justin Christian, who then banged a double off the left-field wall that scored two.

The Rascals finished the sc oring in the second with another single, this time by Chris Klosterman, that scored two and gave the Rascals a comfortable 6-0 cushion.

Reyes came back out to pitch the third, but let up three more runs, causing Schlosser to switch to lefty George Lehr.

The Mavs scored their first run in the fifth when third baseman Seth Brown’s RBI single to center scored catcher Darrell Sinclair. They added another in the ninth on a Wes Fewell RBI single to center that scored Jake Whitesides.


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