Walks and Homers, The Tale of A Prospects Loss
by Len Nunes
The presumed headline for Tuesday’s game focused on the 10th ranked run scoring offence of the Prospects chomping at the bit to get to a Brooks pitching staff featuring the highest ERA (5.13) in the league. What ended up happening was a Prospects pitching staff that had only allowed 15 walks and 3 home runs in their previous eight games combined, issuing 11 walks and 2 home runs in a 9-4 loss.
Scott Gillespie made his first start of the season for the Prospects after appearing in three games as a reliever. The Bombers loaded the bases with only 1-out in the first inning but Gillespie wiggled himself out of trouble allowing only one run. With 2-on and 1-out in the second inning, Gillespie and the Prospects defence could only watch as Zach Lehman hit a home run. The Prospects starter would leave down 4-0 in the 4th inning after issuing two walks and only getting one out.
Brenden Wiun took over on the mound. After collecting two swinging strikes versus Riley McDonald, the fourth pitch of the at-bat was tagged for a homerun making it 7-0 for the Bombers. Wiun found his groove in the 5th and 6th, pitching both innings clean before the CD got scratched in the 7th.
The Prospects offence found the board in the top of the 6th inning as they joined the long ball parade. With 2-out, Anthony Cusati and Nick Spillman each singled to get on base then the big fly! Tony Olson would hit his second homerun of the season closing the Bombers lead to 7-3.
In the top of the 7th, again with 2-outs, the Prospects would chip into the lead. Percy Liu singled, stole second, then third base. Daylen Calicdan hit a single to give Liu the express pass home to draw within three of the Bombers at 7-4.
With runners on 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 7th, Brandon Hill took over on the Prospects mound. Both inherited runners would cross the plate putting some of the cushion back into the Bombers lead at 9-4.
Liam Campbell pitched the 8th inning for the Prospects. A lead-off walk and a 2-out walk were stranded on base when Campbell collected his first strikeout of the season (three appearances).
PLAYER OF THE GAME
The first player to earn this nomination a second time this season, Tony Olson is your Player of the Game.
Honourable mention to Nick Spillman who went 2-2 with two walks improving his batting average to .500.
Wednesday, June 13 - Rematch AT Brooks Bombers 7PM
Friday, June 15 VS Lethbridge Bulls 7PM
Saturday, June 16 VS Lethbridge 7PM Pride Night – Proud Partner of Pride Week 2018. Door prizes, drag queens and all around Pride fun!
Sunday, June 17 VS Lethbridge 2PM Father’s Day – Play catch on-field with Dad post-game and run the bases! Players and coaches will be on hand for autographs.
Monday, June 18 VS Medicine Hat Mavericks 7PM – Pre-game kids festival and kids ticket specials.