The Rapids continue to leave men on base, leaving nine men on including six in scoring position in a 6-3 loss to Covington Tuesday evening.
The Rapids took an early lead off of a solo home run by shortstop Brody Greer in the first inning but were unable to keep the Jacks off of the scoreboard.
Rapids’ starter Jeremy Jansen had to work his way out of trouble all evening. He allowed the first batter to reach base in five of the seven innings that he started. Jansen allowed four runs in 6.1 innings on the mound, forcing the Jacks to leave six of their own on base when working out of jams.
Once again it looked like the Rapids were starting to put things together at the plate late in the game. In the seventh they had men on second and third after scoring a run and there was only one out. Jacks’ relief pitcher Calvin Rayburn came in to pitch and got out of the jam, forcing Greer to groundout to third and striking out All-Star designated hitter Cody Dolan.
The Rapids were able to score another run in the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth the Rapids had men on first and second with two outs and Dolan coming up to the plate. Jacks’ closer Nolan Houmes got Dolan to fly out to center field, earning his first save of the season.
The Rapids are now 18-18 on the season and are still holding onto the final playoff spot of the South Division.
The Staunton Braves (17-21) snapped their six-game losing streak last night, gaining a game on the Rapids.
Tonight the Rapids travel to Waynesboro to face the first place Generals at 7 pm. The Rapids also host a double-header against the Generals tomorrow, starting at 6 pm.