CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The Jefferson City Renegades wrapped up a five-game road trip Wednesday with a 12-5 loss to the Chillcothe Mudcats in MINK League play.
Chillicothe scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning and led 6-0 after four innings. The Renegades didn't collect their first hit until Jake Slunder hit a one-out single in the fifth.
Jefferson City would score twice in the fifth to make it a four-run game. After Slunder's hit loaded the bases, Logan Hudson had an RBI single and Kaelen Dowling scored on a fielder's choice to make the score 6-2.
Mike Million had a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Renegades, who then added two more runs in the eighth to cut their deficit to 7-5. Jefferson City had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth, but Chillicothe got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.
The Mudcats then scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the game out of reach.
Jefferson City collected six hits and drew 10 walks, but the Renegades stranded 13 runners on base. Hudson went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while Justin McIntyre had a pair of RBI.
Alex Loosbrock was the losing pitcher. He went five innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits, adding three walks and two strikeouts.
Jefferson City (21-20, 17-20 MINK) hosts the Joplin Outlaws in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. today at Vivion Field. The Renegades hold a 2-game lead against the Outlaws for the South Division's last playoff spot.