LIMA – The Lima Locos’ bullpen did their share and then some.
The Locos’ pen fired 6 2/3 innings of shutout, three-hit ball and that was the key in the Locos’ 8-5 victory over Richmond Thursday at Simmons Field.
The Locos quickly fell behind 5-1 after three innings.
The bullpen was summoned in the third inning and its shutting down the Jazz enabled the Locos to mount the come-from-behind victory.
Dylan Coburn fired 1 2/3 innings of shutout, one-hit ball before he turned it over to sidewinder Kyle Sacher.
Sacher went the next 2 1/3 innings of shutout, two-hit ball.
Then, Jared Rine (Kennesaw) picked up the win with 2 2/3 innings of shutout, no-hit relief to close it out. Rine struck out six and walked two.
“I felt good,” Rine said. “The slider was really dipping in there, the change-up was falling off and the fastball felt really good tonight.’’
Rine entered the game in the seventh with runners at first and second and one out. He got a groundout to first and a strikeout to keep the Jazz lead at 5-4.
“I wanted to attack, hit the zone and get groundouts,” Rine said. “We all came in and got our jobs done. We come to attack and we attack.’’
The Locos, who lead the North Division stand 12-7. Richmond is 8-12.
“It’s hard to get behind that way, but I felt confident our guys could come back,” Locos coach Matt Furuto said. “Thankfully, we got a big inning in the middle (a three-run fourth).
“And the bullpen did a great job of holding them. Thankfully, our bullpen came in and shut them down and gave us some confidence. They came in, threw strikes and got guys out.’’
The Locos tied the game in the seventh at 5 on Gavin Harmon’s sacrifice fly to right.
In the eighth, Lavoisier Fisher walked with the bases loaded to give the Locos the lead to stay 6-5.
Harmon hit a very high pop to second which the Jazz second baseman appeared to lose in the lights. He stabbed at it as it came down and hit his glove for a two-run scoring error.
That gave the Locos an 8-5 lead.
For the Locos, Jacob Pennington went 3 for 4.
Tyler Tolve went 2 for 5. Tim Martin was 2 for 2 with a double, two walks and two RBI.
The Jazz scored four in the third to take a 5-1 lead.
The Locos scored three in the fourth to get within 5-4.
Richmond took a 1-0 lead in the first. Noah Suarez walked, then stole second to expand his league-leading stolen base total to 19.
Suarez took third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.
With one out, Daniel Rodriguez flew out to Trevor Hatton in left. Hatton fired to the plate to nail Ryan Wickman, who tried to score from third on the fly out.
Hatton’s sacrifice fly to left tied the game at 1 in the home first.
Richmond pushed across four runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead.
Mike Steffan, who leads the league with 26 RBI, delivered and RBI single to make it 2-1. Rodriguez followed with an RBI single and it was 3-1.
Eric Roberts wrapped up the third with a two-run single up the middle and the Jazz lead grew to 5-1.
Lima got within one with a three-run fourth inning.
Martin had a two-run double to left to get the Locos within 5-3. Randon Jernigan’s RBI single to center made it 5-4.
Locos starter lefty Colin Scanlon (LaSalle) came in 2-0, but didn’t have his best command.
He lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on three hits. He struck out one, walked three and hit two batters.
Jazz starter Nicholas Carrizales (Earlham) went six innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits. He struck out four and walked three.
The Locos posted their third straight win after going 2-4 last week.
“I think we’re confident and still working on some things,” Furuto said. “We’re going to have some ups and downs. We just have to find some consistency.’’
Locos notes: The Locos wrap up the two-game series with Richmond at 7 p.m. tonight at Simmons Field.
The Locos are coming off a two-game series sweep at Xenia, including Wednesday’s 19-3 thrashing of the Scouts. The game marked a Locos’ season high for runs (19) and hits (25). Leading the way was Lavoisier Fisher (Georgia Highlands), who went 6 for 6 with four RBI. Nick Colina and Trevor Hatton both were 4 for 6.
Locos first baseman Colton Frank fouled a ball off his foot and had to leave the game in the fourth inning Friday.
Infielder Xavier Haendiges returned to action as the Locos’ designated hitter Wednesday and went 3 for 6 with three RBI. He had been out since June 8 with a right biceps injury. He’ll continue in that role until he’s able to throw.
Locos shortstop Ryan Smith remains out with a quad injury he re-injured last Saturday against Cincinnati. The target date for his return is Tuesday.
Pitcher Ian McWilliams (Alabama-Birmingham) left the team for the summer for personal reasons.
Through 18 games, the Locos led the league in hitting (.298) and runs (135). They rank second in hits (180) and second in doubles (35). They are also second in home runs (10) to Cincinnati’s 22. … The Locos ranked fourth in the league in ERA at 3.35
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