Some bad breaks early and a bad inning late were too much for the Paints in the first game of the Prospect League Championship Series in a 9-0 loss.
The Gems put up another pile of runs in the this postseason, starting with three of them through the first four innings. Quincy added six more in the bottom of the eighth to account for the final score, and make their overall playoff stats that much more impressive. The Gems won the West Division pennant with an 18-8 victory over Danville, then piled on nine more runs in Sunday's win over the Paints, giving them 27 runs over their last 18 innings.
It didn't happen quickly on Sunday.
Chillicothe starter Keegan Akin gave up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, then held the Gems scoreless for the next two. Quincy added one more in the fourth, then went quiet again for three innings off Akin and the Paints bullpen combination of Jason Johnson and Zach Wolfe.
But, in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Gems got two three-run home runs -- from Ryan Light and Matt Marek -- to break the game open.
Light and Marek -- the No. 5 and No. 8 hitters in the Gems batting order -- each finished with four RBIs in the game. Quincy's other run scored as the back side of a double-steal in the bottom of the first inning, which helped set the tone for the rest of the game.
For the Paints, Akin allowed five hits and three runs in his 5 1/3 innings, while striking out three and walking two -- and hitting a batter with the bases loaded in the fourth -- along the way. Akin gave way to Johnson in the sixth, who gave up only one hit and struck out two in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Wolfe was charged with all six runs in the eighth as Quincy took any hope of a Paints comeback out of the conversation.
Offensively, Chillicothe's Zach Jacobs, Joe Hoscheit, Greg Rhude and Drew Erie each finished with a hit, while Quincy got three hits from Demetre Taylor and two more from Adam McGinnis.
The Paints and Gems will take Monday off before hitting the field for Game 2 of the series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at VA Memorial Stadium with the Paints needing a win to force a deciding third game of the series.